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Ninth-graders at Whitney Young Magnet High School in Chicago present a completed timeline that compares events in the Middle East to highly publicized news stories in the U.S. over the course of the nearly two decades explored in Scott Anderson's "Fractured Lands." Students in World Studies classes at Whitney Young spent eight weeks processing Anderson's story through discussion and close-reading. Image by Anne-Michele Boyle. Chicago, 2016.

The Pulitzer Center is an award-winning, non-profit news organization that partners with journalists and newsrooms to support in-depth reporting on critical global issues to educate the public, promote solutions, and improve lives. Our education resources and programs aim to cultivate a more curious, informed, empathetic, and engaged public by connecting students and teachers with under-reported global news stories and the journalists who cover them.

Click here for a lesson plan developed by our education staff to guide students’ engagement with "America's Medical Supply Crisis" from PBS FRONTLINE, the Associated Press, and the Global Reporting Centre. Read on to see how our team can support you in connecting your students to news on a variety of global and national issues.

In addition to the offerings included below, our education team works directly with schools and school districts to facilitate virtual presentations by Pulitzer Center journalists and custom workshops for students and teachers. To learn more and begin receiving free curricular resources and opportunities for teachers and students, subscribe to the Pulitzer Center’s weekly education newsletter!

Free Global Journalism

Search thousands of print, video, photo, and digital stories published in 150 media outlets including The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, The New Yorker, NPR, Time Magazine, and National Geographic. Reporting can be filtered by media, region, and issues such as migration, health, racial justice, climate change, LGBTQIA+ rights, and more.

Lesson Plans and Educational Resources

Search hundreds of standards-aligned lesson plans that use global reporting to teach writing, text analysis, debate, world history, science, photography, visual art, research, and digital storytelling. Lessons can be filtered by grade level, media, subject area, and global issue.

Schedule a Virtual Visit with a Journalist

Schedule a presentation by a Pulitzer Center journalist via your preferred online platform for a behind-the-scenes look at global reporting. Journalism workshops for students and professional development for teachers can also be facilitated virtuall. Contact education@pulitzercenter.org for more information.

Annual Writing Contests for Students

Local Letters for Global Change [Fall]
In the fall, students are invited to enter letters into a contest that examines how global issues connect to students’ local communities. First, students explore Pulitzer Center-supported global reporting to identify an issue that they think their community should know about. Then, they are tasked with writing letters to a government official that outline the global issue, why they think the issue matters to their local communities, and what action(s) they want the official to take to address the issues. Click here for more information about the 2020 Local Letters for Global Change Contest, and email us at education@pulitzercenter.org to schedule a workshop for your class! [Deadline: Friday, November 13]

Fighting Words: Poetry in Response to Current Events [Spring]
In the spring, students are invited to submit original poems to a contest that examines how students can elevate their own voices and under-reported stories through engagement with global reporting and poetry. First, students explore Pulitzer Center-supported global reporting to identify a story that interests and engages them. Then, students write a poem of any form and length that includes lines from the story. Click here for a workshop guide introducing the contest, or email us at education@pulitzercenter.org to schedule a workshop facilitated by the Pulitzer Center team. [Deadline: TBD]

Please email education@pulitzercenter.org with any additional feedback, ideas, or questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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