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Pulitzer Center Update September 4, 2014

This Week: New “Gap Map” on the Fight Against AIDS

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We can now envision a post-AIDS world, thanks to dramatic advances in education and increased access to life-sustaining antiretroviral therapy. However, marginalized communities are still being left behind.

"Gap Map" is a new Pulitzer Center visualization that highlights those who are most disproportionately affected by the disease, from transgender sex workers and people who inject drugs to men who have sex with men. The initiative draws on Pulitzer Center reporting in Russia, India and Uganda, amplifying the voices of these marginalized communities and raising awareness about the stigma and discrimination that many face—and that almost always contributes to increased incidence of HIV.

The map is easily shared and fully embeddable. We welcome others to make use of this work—and to let us know where other people are at risk of falling through the gaps.


Pulitzer Center grantee James Harkin has written with passion and courage on the destruction of Syria, from the kidnapping of Kurdish students by soldiers of the Islamic State to the repercussions of the execution of journalist James Foley. Now, in a vivid account for Prospect, James turns to the destruction—and theft—of Syria's priceless archeological treasures. Preserving and rescuing those treasures has already led, he writes, to unlikely collaborations among Syria's government, rebel groups, and international bodies.


Pollution, siltation and increases in invasive species have damaged Kashmir's Wular Lake to the point that visiting tourists find it difficult to determine where the land ends and the lake begins. Pulitzer Center student fellow Reana Thomas, a 2014 graduate of Loyola University Chicago, writes about the challenges facing environmentalists and government agencies in reports for Untold Stories.

Reana is one of 21 students from university members of our Campus Consortium partnerships who are traveling the globe. Michelle Ferng, of the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, is writing from Peru about the challenges—legal, social and economic—of a rapidly aging population. Paul Short, an architecture major at the University of San Diego, explores the rebuilding and destruction of neighborhoods in booming Istanbul. Jalesa Tucker, a student fellow from Westchester Community College, writes about the discrimination and stigma that members of the Roma community face in Paris.

Here's a list of our current student fellows and their university affiliations. The Campus Consortium program is a vital part of our mission, bringing our journalists on campus and giving students the opportunity to work with them and us. We welcome new members!

Until next week,

Jon Sawyer
Executive Director