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The Search for Missing Migrants

Central Americans call attention to the search for their disappeared and press local authorities for information. Meanwhile, forensic anthropologists exhume the unidentified in Texas.

World Faces Global Sand Shortage

Sand is the key ingredient that makes modern life possible. And we are starting to run out. Vince Beiser talks about the crisis with Morning Edition's David Greene.   

Pathway to Peril

Scientists worry the next devastating disease could be born where animals and humans mix in a Third World slum – then cross the globe. Zika may have been a preview.

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.

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YouTube Project: Report! Share YOUR Story

Project: Report 2010, a partnership between YouTube and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, made possible by Sony and Intel, is an opportunity for aspiring journalists to get the word out about undertold stories in their communities. There's still time to submit before the deadline on Sunday, 2/28!

ROUND 1 ASSIGNMENT:

In a three-minute video, document a single day in the life of a compelling person the world should meet and showcase how that person is making a positive impact in his or her community.

Government Funding for the Press (with Poll)

This morning, David Westphal and Geoffrey Cowan gave a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to discuss their report "Public Policy and Funding the News." Westphal is executive in residence at the USC Annenberg School for Journalism and former Washington editor for McClatchy. Cowan is dean emeritus at Annenberg.

The New York Times and the Great Paywall Debate

Mark Stanley, for the Pulitzer Center

While the idea of paying for high quality journalism content, as audiences have traditionally done with print newspapers, is intuitive to some, others have had mixed reactions to the Times' announcement.

Pulitzer Gateway: "potentially game changing..."

Tatum Taylor, Pulitzer Center

The Pulitzer Center was in Atlanta last week for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference, with more than 3,000 educators who had gathered to share the latest research and ideas in social studies education and to acknowledge the role of social studies in shaping students' global awareness.

Global Gateway to Empathy?

Nathalie Applewhite, Pulitzer Center

Last weekend, my colleague Ann Peters and I attended the Progressive Education Network's national conference in Washington DC. We were there to present the Pulitzer Gateway, online resources the Pulitzer Center has created for teachers and students.

Loretta Tofani Awarded "Special Citation" as Daniel Pearl Award Finalist

Loretta Tofani was awarded $2,000 by a five judge panel at the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting for her "American Imports, Chinese Deaths" reporting project. Formerly called the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Award, the honor was renamed this year after Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter murdered in 2002 by Pakistani militants. Two teams of journalists were awarded $10,000 each and the title of the 2008 Daniel Pearl Award.

Pulitzer Center / World Affairs Fellowships

The 2009 World Affairs Fellows have been selected, and Philip Brasher has been named the 2009 Pulitzer Center World Affairs Journalism Fellow (WAJF). Brasher, who works for the daily Des Moines Register, plans to investigate the success of biotechnology in boosting food production in Kenya and South Africa.
The International Center for Journalists each year selects a handful of American journalists to report from abroad on stories of particular importance to their local communities.

Round seven: Winning essays

In July 2009, the Pulitzer Center again partnered with Helium to produce round seven of the Global Issues/Citizen Voices Writing Contests. Contestents chose from writing prompts and crafted essays regarding the most pressing international issues of the day.

Top round seven winners based their essays on the following question:

With mounting violence, a surge in Taliban support and growing numbers of displaced persons making front-page news in Pakistan, are we getting an accurate picture of realities on the ground?