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Pulitzer Center Update December 3, 2008

We Media Features Pulitzer Center as Finalist for Game Changers Award


By Beth Laing

NOTE: We asked each of our 2009 Game Changers Awards finalists to write about their projects, what they've learned along the way and what's next. This essay written by Jon Sawyer, Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center funds enterprise international reporting, something that most traditional media outlets say they can no longer afford, and then takes that reporting to the broadest possible audience – through the mass media, through aggressive after-marketing and educational outreach, and through its embrace of web technology. The Center is an incubator of innovation, using journalism projects themselves as the means of identifying the most promising new approaches and platforms.

The Center will be just three years old this January and yet already it has produced some 75 projects in some 40 countries – stories that would otherwise have gone untold, from internal conflicts of India to the environmental impact of oil exploitation in the Amazon. We've placed these projects in nearly every major American media outlet, from The Washington Post and The New York Times to NPR, public television and dozens of regional newspapers and national magazines.

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