Campus Consortium member

Davidson College

At the heart of the Pulitzer Center-Davidson College Campus Consortium are international reporting grants for students through our partnership with the Dean Rusk International Studies Program. Each year at least one student is selected to receive a Dean Rusk/Pulitzer Center Travel Reporting Grant of up to $4,000 in order to complete an independent multimedia international reporting project, with a preferred focus on underreported systemic issues of global importance. Pulitzer Center grantee journalists mentor the selected students. Journalists also visit the campus for workshops and discussions with the broader community. The Dean Rusk Program embodies Davidson's belief that knowledge of other cultures and of the social, economic, political, and scientific forces that shape our world are integral to a liberal arts education.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for nearly 2,000 students. Since its establishment in 1837 by Presbyterians, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Personal relationships with professors and classes limited to 20 students allow for development of creative, collaborative relationships resulting in a unique academic experience. Davidson is also a national leader on affordability initiatives -- through The Davidson Trust, the college became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages, giving all students the opportunity to graduate debt-free.

Project: Report Semi-finalists Find Inspiration

Donte Donald, Pulitzer Center

The instructions for the first round of Project Report video contest were to film a day in the life of an inspiring person, and the participants answered the call with compelling stories. The top 10 semi-finalists come from a group of 148 qualified entrants. With topics that run the gamut from environmental responsibility to healthcare inequities, this year's crop of entrants approached the assignment from multiple angles that brought their subjects to life.

Broken News: What went wrong and how to make it right

The following is an excerpt of "Broken News: What went wrong, and how to make it right" an address delivered by Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer to Davidson College, February 2, 2009.

I was at a conference last Friday in New York where we talked, no surprise, about the search for new models that would make it possible to sustain independent, high-quality journalism.