May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month! In recognition, we’re featuring several journalists who have reported on relevant topics, and who would love to visit your classroom! Explore a sample list of journalists and stories below, and click here to connect your class with a guest speaker.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Journalists can share stories from Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities, and reflect on how their own identities inform their work.
- Kayla Hui, a public health journalist who reported on Chinese immigrant truck drivers and mental health in the U.S.
- Nithin Coca, an Asia-focused journalist who reported on environmental concerns around coconut farming and sustainability in Southeast Asia.
- Lucia Geng, who reported on how Philadelphia community organizers are confronting anti-Asian violence.
- Imran Mohammad Fazal Hoque, who reports on the Rohingya diaspora and refugee community in the US, as well as his own experience.
- Aarti Singh, a digital storyteller who reported on the LGBTQIA+ community in India and has a background in child rights in South Asia.
- Corinne Chin, a video journalist and a leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the journalism field, who has reported on femicide and women’s resistance in Mexico.
- Nargis Rahman, a Bangladeshi American civic reporter who produced a podcast on surveillance technology and the broader community of American Muslims.
- Ana P. Santos, a Manila-based journalist whose work focuses on gender and health in Southeast Asia and the Filipino diaspora.
- Iris Hyon, who covered the relationship between Asian American identity and the Black Lives Matter movement.
- Sarahbeth Maney, a photojournalist who reported on race and class disparities in health care, housing, and violence risks by telling the story of one Samoan-American woman's pregnancy.
Mental Health Awareness Month
Journalists can share stories about mental health challenges around the world, as well as how they tend to their own mental health when telling difficult stories, and how students can develop a healthy relationship with the news.
- Melissa Noel, a multimedia journalist who explored how Jamaican children whose parents migrated abroad for work cope with long-term separation.
- Emmanuela Evans, a multimedia journalist who explores the mental health of South Sudanese immigrants and youth in the diaspora.
- Madeline Bishop and Campbell Rawlins, who collaborated to cover the shortage of mental health care services and counseling in Guyana.
- Sarah Shourd, an investigative journalist and playwright who reported on the criminalization of mental illness and investigated solitary confinement in U.S. prisons.
- Pat Nabong, a visual journalist who reported on the psychological toll of the drug war and barriers to mental health services in the Philippines.
- Arianne Henry, a journalist and public health professional who reported on the mental health of Ethiopian women doing domestic work in Saudi Arabia.
- Isadora Kosofsky, a documentary photographer who covered complex PTSD in young women and the gendering of trauma survivor narratives.
About the Virtual Journalist Visit Program
The Pulitzer Center offers free virtual journalist visits to K-12 schools worldwide. We have worked with more than a thousand journalists over the years, covering diverse topics and geographic regions, and we will match you with a journalist based on your request. We use many different platforms to connect, including Zoom, Google Meet, and Teams, and will work with you to identify the best technology for your learners. Virtual journalist visits are a great way to help students:
- Understand how what they're studying affects people's lives
- Learn how research, writing, critical thinking, multimedia, and more skills are used in journalism
- Practice preparing and asking questions of an expert
- Get excited about using the news to learn about the world
- And much more!