Connected Coastlines Grants

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

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

The Pulitzer Center is pleased to announce the launch of Connected Coastlines, a nationwide climate reporting initiative in U.S. coastal states.  The initiative will build a consortium of newsrooms and independent journalists across America to report on the local effects of erratic weather patterns on coastal populations using the latest climate science.

The Pulitzer Center is supporting 15 projects to launch Connected Coastlines. The first story is reported by grantee Hal Bernton of The Seattle Times.  Future reporting projects will cover climate change issues on every coastline in the mainland U.S. – the East Coast, Great Lakes, Gulf Coast and West Coast – along with Hawaii and Alaska.

The Pulitzer Center will also develop a Connected Coastlines website that will showcase the reporting and related science from the initiative, as well as serve as a platform for dialogue with local groups. The information and articles will be shared through local media channels, social media, and public education and outreach programs to engage local audiences in discussions about regional climate issues.

Funding for this initiative is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The Pulitzer Center and HHMI are committed to supporting journalists from diverse backgrounds and of all nationalities.