The coronavirus pandemic has thrust virologist Shi Zhengli into a fierce spotlight. Many have speculated that the pathogen that causes COVID-19, accidentally escaped from her lab. Some have even suggested it could have been engineered there. Claims “that SARS-CoV-2 was leaked from our institute totally contradicts the facts,” Shi said. “It jeopardizes and affects our academic work and personal life.”
Many health experts say it's clear who should get the first shots: health care workers around the world, then people at a higher risk of severe disease, then those in areas where the disease is spreading rapidly, and finally, the rest of us.
As Southern Illinois University prepares to welcome thousands of students to campus in August amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Museum has had to put exhibitions and in-person programming on hold as they pivot their plans for the fall semester.
The Illinois State Museum launched an initiative to record history as it is happening, inviting the people of Illinois to share their experiences living through the pandemic.
Though Illinois allowed indoor museums to reopen June 26, the COVID-19 pandemic still rages across the nation. Museums, historic homes, and gardens in the Quad-Cities have taken differing approaches to reopening.
Nicole Anderson Cobb interviews community members of Central Illinois discussing the Museum of the Grand Prairie and its "Legacy Is Yours" project and Hoskins archive highlighting the African American community.
The Basketball Tournament (TBT), which awarded a $1 million prize to the winner of this year’s 24-team competition, navigated through the pandemic thanks to planning help from a former Olympic swimmer–turned–public health expert.
On March 15, Rockford's Discovery Center closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. At first, Discovery Center announced it would close for two weeks. The shutdown lasted until July 8.
March was going to be a big month for the Children’s Hands-On Museum of Northwestern Illinois. Instead, on March 16, the museum was one of the 85,000 museums that closed worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Some museums remain closed for now, while others reopen with modifications.
An old mill promises to boost businesses in Ketchikan hit by lockdowns, but critics worry about toxins trapped under the sea.
Jose Montes has lived exactly half his life in the Mission District of San Francisco, arriving here at age 35 from El Salvador.
As plans emerge for a another caravan of migrants to leave Honduras, PBS NewsHour goes to the origin to explore the crisis forcing so many to flee.
In each of Texas' 254 counties, a host of local agencies can use civil asset forfeiture to help cover their expenses. But the system's lack of transparency and accountability makes it ripe for abuse.
After Hurricane Maria, the disabled community in Puerto Rico faces steep challenges.
From the bridge over the Rio Grande in Laredo to Dilley, a small town eighty-five miles north, one can follow the less visible aftershocks of a closing border.
A data-driven look at the impact of civil asset forfeiture reform laws throughout the Midwest.
In the name of renewable energy, the British government is subsidizing the clear-cutting of the American Southeast.
Kentucky has some of the weakest laws in the country when it comes to protecting property from seizure. The Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting examines why law enforcement is seizing so much property—and who's suffering.
American Origami is a work of images and text that looks at the aftermath of mass shootings in American schools.
How one Taiwanese restaurant in Pittsburgh feeds the local community.
In remote villages of rural Alaska, Native women and girls who suffer high rates of sexual violence are frustrated by what they call an ongoing legacy of indifference from authorities.
America is exporting a different set of ideas to the world under the leadership of President Trump.
The “Visions of Justice” workshop immerses court involved youth in visual storytelling as a means to nurture self-expression, self-respect, and the exploration their ideas of freedom and justice.
Awards were given to the best videos showcasing important global health issues and innovations.
Carol Rosenberg speaks about the intricacies of reporting in Guantanamo Bay.
"Broken Justice," a PBS NewsHour podcast supported by the Pulitzer Center, was recognized in the Radio category.
New media fellowships honoring veteran journalist Richard Longworth support Chicago and Midwest journalists reporting on international stories.
The Phoenix highlights Pulitzer Center grantee Marcio Pimenta's visit to Swarthmore College.
Penn Today highlights Reporting Fellow Patrick Ammerman's work investigating the refugee crisis at the Venezuela-Colombia border and the associated public health crisis and economic inequities.
Over the summer, students from the U.S. and around the world came together in Chicago to study peacebuilding through the Genesis Academy Summer Institute.
Marina Walker Guevara, manager of the Panama Papers, joins the Pulitzer Center in February.
This Media Impact Funders webinar discussed recent initiatives to increase diversity in media organizations.
Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow Patrick Ammerman from the University of Pennsylvania discusses his reporting project on Venezuelan migrants in Colombia on the DosPuntos radio program. [In Spanish]
Xyza Cruz Bacani talk with Frederick Van Johnson about her photography book—We Are Like Air—documenting the lives of people living within and on the outskirts of Hong Kong.
This plan includes lessons connected to the work of journalists that presented at the University of Chicago Summer Teacher Institute in June 2017.
Students read about the impacts of coral bleaching on ocean ecosystems.
In this lesson, students listen to a journalist discuss their reporting and then write a commentary. Students were expected to ask questions, take plenty of notes, and come up with a thesis...
This lesson uses a photo essay as a primary source so students can identify the Seven Economic Principles in a real world situation.
This lesson helps students decode and connect with images from a reporting project about migration. The students then interview each other, and go on to interview community members about immigration.
In this lesson, students create a timeline using multimedia reporting on the leather and textile industries in the U.S.. Students then design their own narrative timelines to explain a current event.
An extension of "Seeking Asylum: Women and Children Migrating Across Borders", this lesson provides suggestions for student research, reporting, arts activities, and community service.
Use Tomas van Houtryve's photographs to help students understand the role that context plays in grasping the meaning behind photographs.
This unit asks middle school students to explore the varying roles beliefs play in people's lives through the lenses of world religions, science, and social relationships.
Students learn about asylum seekers and the boundaries between refugees and migrants. They explore how current refugee and migration policies impact women and children.
This lesson provides resources for teachers in Winston-Salem, NC as they create lesson plans connected to the "Dispatches" exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA).
Students examine details from photojournalist Tomas van Houtryve's drone photography project "Blue Sky Days" to analyze the author's purpose for the project and design their own visual arts projects.