Project: Report 2010

Project: Report 2010 is a partnership between YouTube and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, made possible by Sony and Intel. The contest invited aspiring reporters to share their stories with the world.

With two rounds over three months, short documentary assignments were judged on the quality of the stories reported and the production value of the videos. An expert panel led by the Pulitzer Center chose ten finalists from the first round to receive technology prizes from Sony and Intel. The ten finalists then competed to receive one of five $10,000 grants to work with the Pulitzer Center on an under-reported international story. See the official rules.

The winners were announced in May 2010. The five winners received travel grants to report on an under-reported international story with the Pulitzer Center.

The winners' reporting projects are now underway:

For his winning entry, Alex Rozier profiled a Missouri man dedicated to providing personal energy transportation devices (PETs) to the disabled poor overseas. Now he covers the other side of the story in Guatemala, where the devices have revolutionized the lives of the immobile.

Paul Franz chronicled the plight of Haitian migrant workers in Florida. This time he reports on the need for education reform in Haiti in the aftermath of January's devastating earthquake.

Elan Gepner showed us how community programs are helping students combat violence. He now travels to Brazil to explore how non-governmental organizations there are finding creative ways to empower the country's impoverished youth.

Samantha Danis impressed us last Spring with her moving piece on the challenges facing the deaf community in Maine. Now she is traveling to Belize to report on maternal mortality and how the country is dealing with the challenge.

And Mark Jeevaratnam , who explored the effects of mountain top removal mining in Kentucky, reports on how soccer may have the potential to improve the lives of South African youths.

Brazil: The Art of Equality

Elan Gepner, a winner of the 2010 Project Report contest, explores how several NGOs and activists in Brazil are steering the country's impoverished youth away from lives of crime and violence through creative programs.

Starving and Immobile: They Crawl

At six years old, Jessica weighs just sixteen pounds. She lives--barely--on a diet of tortillas and coffee. It's all her family can afford.

Education in Haiti: Adapting to Tent Life

Haiti's post-earthquake tent cities house many willing students who lack accessible education. Educator Alzire Rocourt has a passion for teaching and a vision for change.

Working with nothing but her sweet voice, an old chalkboard and some cardboard posters, Rocourt teaches Haitian children about the music of Chopin, Beethoven and other classical composers. "School has become for them the way to hope," she said.

YouTube Project: Report - And the Winners Are

Donte Donald, Pulitzer Center

From a pool of 148 qualified entrants, the five grand prize winners of YouTube Project: Report have been chosen. In three short months, they have produced two original videos on issues they deemed important yet underreported. The winners truly represent some of the best aspiring journalists on YouTube.