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Pulitzer Center Update September 25, 2008

Pulitzer Center seeks University partnerships for HOPE!

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Poet and writer Kwame Dawes travels to Jamaica to explore the experience of people living with HIV...

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HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica, a multimedia reporting project by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to explore the issues of stigma, discrimination and HIV/AIDS across disciplines that encompass public health policy, journalism, interactive web design, education, music and poetry.

The Pulitzer Center proposes collaborating with universities to explore this cross-disciplinary approach. We see this as a model that can be applied to the presentation of many of our global reporting projects. The collaborative goals would be:

• to involve students and faculty from numerous disciplines,
• to show the value of multiple media, cross-platform dissemination,
• to engage students and faculty with issues outside of their core disciplines,
• to explore curriculum development through current issues and multiple voices.

At a minimum, the university disciplines and programs that could be involved include:

• schools of communication
• international studies
• schools of music
• colleges of arts and sciences:
o creative writing and Caribbean literary studies
o theatre art
• schools of education
• schools of medicine:
o epidemiology
o public health

About the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
(http://www.pulitzercenter.org/)
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovator in international nonprofit journalism. It goes beyond the headlines and sponsors in-depth independent coverage of under-reported issues around the globe. The Pulitzer Center supports the journalists and partners with major media outlets to ensure publication or broadcast. The Center promotes additional debate on the issues covered through the use of multiple media platforms and interactive web-based technology. The Pulitzer Center uniquely merges traditional media, new media and educational outreach.

About HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica
HOPE is a multi-media reporting project that encompasses an extended essay by distinguished poet Kwame Dawes for The Virginia Quarterly Review, additional essays in The Washington Post and Global Health, short documentaries for the public television program Foreign Exchange, an hour-long radio documentary in collaboration with Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and a rich interactive web presentation LiveHopeLove.com that synthesizes audio and text versions of the poems, videos, music, and photography.

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