Connected Coastlines

A waterfront pier in Duck, North Carolina. Image by aceshot1 / United States, 2014.

A waterfront pier in Duck, North Carolina. Image by Aceshot1 / United States, 2014.

The Pulitzer Center is pleased to announce Connected Coastlines, a collaborative reporting initiative on climate science in U.S. coastal states. Supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education, the effort will build a consortium of independent newsrooms and journalists to document the untold or unappreciated ways in which climate change is affecting coastal populations.

This opportunity is open as of June 13, 2019. The application deadline is August 15, 2019.

This reporting iniative aims to increase awareness in local communities that are already navigating changing weather, flooding, and temperature patterns due to climate change. 

Funding opportunities through this initiative are open for all newsrooms and journalists who live in U.S. coastal states, and we welcome proposals for all types of reporting: television, radio, print, multimedia, online, photography, and data journalism. The most successful projects are those in which news outlets match our commitment by adding interactive or multimedia elements to enhance and showcase their original reporting. The Pulitzer Center and HHMI are committed to supporting journalists from diverse backgrounds and of all nationalities.

We encourage applicants to include a detailed distribution plan in their proposal, including any letters of commitment from news outlets that intend to publish or broadcast their work. We look favorably on proposals that include multiple outlets working together in partnership as well as with community organizations. Grants are intended to cover reporting costs and are based on reasonable, detailed budgets. We expect news organizations to pay journalists for their work, though in exceptional cases, we may consider stipends to cover a reporter’s time.

Proposals must also include a plan to use the reporting to engage local audiences in discussions about climate issues, including—but not limited to—outreach to local schools and universities.

How to Apply