An investigation into an Italian virologist and the race to find a coronavirus vaccine both illustrate how important open science is, but also how easily things can go wrong.
As coronavirus began to devastate Italy, microbiology professor Andrea Crisanti put his region at the forefront of the fight with rigorous testing and quarantine.
Padua had one of the highest number of infected, hospitalized, and deceased due to the novel coronavirus. Touring the Padua hospital offers a glimpse at how proactive planning and strict lockdown measures have led to supreme dominance over the disease.
As the coronavirus spread across Italy and deeper into Europe, criminal groups worked their way into the health-care system.
The Italian mafia makes millions by exploiting migrants. In the Italian south, the lives of foreign agricultural laborers are so cheap that many NGOs have described their conditions as a modern form of slavery.
The police huddled for hours each day, headphones on, eavesdropping on the doctor. They'd tapped his cellphone, bugged his office, planted a camera in a trattoria.
Nongovernmental organizations and independent volunteers fill a void for migrants.
Despite generous benefits and a robust effort by Estonia to welcome Syrian refugees, the rural setting and lack of countrymen leave families yearning for alternatives.
Ben Taub talks about his journey to uncover human trafficking in this video.
Journalists Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie discuss their project in the HuffingtonPost Highline, “The 21st Century Gold Rush: How the refugee crisis is changing the world economy."
Refugees who aren’t granted asylum in Italy usually end up staying anyway despite widespread joblessness. Benefitting from the instability is the Sicilian Mafia, otherwise known as Cosa Nostra.
These are the stories of the CEOs, criminal masterminds, pencil-pushers and low-flying vultures who have figured out how to profit from global instability, also known as human suffering.
Italy, a country whose history is rife with pandemics and once the center of the novel coronavirus outbreak in Europe, offers harsh lessons in containment, testing, and economic salvation.
Musa Touray was killed in a van collision that sent shockwaves around Italy. A migrant hailing from the Gambia, Musa worked as a farm hand tomato picker on the outskirts of San Severo.
Most African migrants heading to Europe unwittingly follow the ancient caravan routes of the trans-Saharan slave trade. Along the way, many are trafficked, sold, and brutally exploited.
From smugglers in Agadez, to factory owners in Turkey, to the Italian and Nigerian mafias in Italy, and small business owners in Greece, people making a killing off the global migrant crisis.
This investigation into the lifestyles, struggles and cultures of the Roma people living in Rome examines how the Italian government—and citizens—treat the Roma population.
After the European Union’s plan to send new refugees from Greece back to Turkey, Italy is more inundated with refugees than ever. And Rome is at the center of it all.
Robert Eric Shoemaker presents a multimedia excavation of the artisans of Venice through the lens of climate change: a conversation between art and science.
The Catholic Church stands at a crossroads—church attendance in Europe has decreased and the millennial generation is becoming detached. Can Pope Francis and the Church adapt to the modern era?
Cardinals in Rome ordered two investigations of American nuns. Is this a modern-day Inquisition? Jason Berry explores the forces behind this inner struggle of the church on both sides of the Atlantic.
Almost all produce that comes from southern Italy has been tainted, says Ayo Awokoya, as she discusses her reporting project on modern-day slavery in Italian agriculture.
Refugees are using technology in unprecedented ways to connect with loved ones and document their time in exile. Photographer Tomas van Houtryve explains how his project came together.
Malia Politzer and Emily Kassie report on those profiting from the refugee crisis from smugglers in an outpost on the edge of the Saharan desert to small-time drug dealers in Sicily.
Claire Provost and Matt Kennard discuss their six-month exploration of the transfer of territory around the globe from the state to corporations for the past six months.
Pope Francis encounters the limits of his moral authority in Latin America, where his encyclical on climate change and environmental protection is met with scorn from those who need to be influenced.
The Pulitzer Center announces our inaugural Fellows and projects for the Post-Graduate Reporting Fellowship Program for Columbia and Medill Journalism Schools.
Watch a recorded webinar for students in which Dr. Seema Yasmin share her insights on the role of journalism during public health emergencies
Ayo Awokoya and Tobias Jones received the 2019 Frontline Club Award For Print for their in-depth, investigative reporting on exploited migrants working in the south of Italy.
The Pulitzer Center's newsletter for the week of June 25, 2019.
Sixth grade students in Wheeling, IL completed a six-week social studies unit using Pulitzer Center reporting projects and journalist visits to connect ancient civilizations with the present day.
Grantee journalists present thought-provoking narratives on the refugee crisis, exhibiting a myriad of lessons learned and reflecting on questions that linger after returning from the field.
This week: the lives of refugees throughout Europe and beyond, the humanitarian crisis caused by Boko Haram, Russian hacking in Eastern Europe, and the ICIJ wins the Pulitzer Prize.
Pulitzer Center grantees provide insights into the lives of refugees affected by United States' recent ban of migrants from seven countries.
Honored reporting covers issues ranging from refugees and the world economy to human rights abuses by the Assad regime.
This week: how the refugee crisis changes the world economy, migrants search for their children, and Pulitzer Center staff picks for a year in photos.
2016 fellows report on a range of complex issues from around the world—from global health and perceptions of identity to environmental degradation and innovation.
Photographer's new book brings together a decade of reporting on a growing global phenomenon that now affects more than 10 million people.
Students look at the journey and struggle that immigrants endure to come to the United States through their perspectives.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented from The Pulitzer Center.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 "Guernica" with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
This is a painting lesson that combines Pablo Picasso's famous 1937 Guernica with current day issues presented by the Pulitzer Center.
This lesson plan outlines a project that allows students the opportunity to connect with a contemporary crisis somewhere in the world.
Students will debate what policy Italy should implement when dealing with the migrants from Libya after their role in overthrowing Gaddafi.