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Highlights of 'The Box,' a Historic Performance on Alcatraz Island

Sarah Shourd’s play, based on her 3-year investigation into the horrors of solitary confinement, is a piece of transformational theater that asks us to re-examine long-held notions of punishment as it reveals the tragic—and sometimes painfully comic and absurd—realities that dictate life “inside the box.”

How Much Are You Overpaying in Property Tax?

When Palmer Square, LLC recently wanted to sell their apartment building, they went through all the usual hoops that most homeowners are familiar with. But selling the property outright would have cost $65,000 in conveyance fee taxes, and annual property tax would bump up an additional $309,000 dollars per year.

What the Seas Will Swallow

Alex MacLean’s aerial images of the US East Coast convey just how much infrastructure perches in the coastal danger zone.

Deported Veterans Say They've Been Betrayed

Miguel Pérez Jr. was among the first troops deployed to Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now he's one of dozens of deported veterans who say they've been exiled from the country they fought for.

Lawyers Press Case That 9/11 Confessions Given to F.B.I. Are Tainted

Defense lawyers in the 9/11 case now say that they have growing evidence that the F.B.I. played some role in the interrogations during the years when the suspects were in the secret prisons by feeding questions to the C.I.A., and that the C.I.A. kept a hand in the case after the prisoners were sent to Guantánamo.

The Last Hunt

A look at how climate change is challenging Native communities across rural Alaska where hunting, fishing and foraging for food anchors cultures and economies.

The Geography of Poverty

The Geography of Poverty is a digital documentary project that combines geotagged photographs with census data to create a modern portrait of poverty in the US.

The Business of Aid

Aid agencies and NGOs are increasingly partnering with large corporations. Is this the answer to global development in the 21st century—or is it just corporate welfare for the One Percent?

William & Mary 2014-2015 Sharp Reporting Projects

The Pulitzer Center and The College of William & Mary continue their unique initiative to provide deeper global learning and storytelling experiences for students.

Wasted

About a third of all the food we produce goes to waste. What we thoughtlessly leave to rot in fields, landfills, and our own refrigerators could alleviate world hunger and help reverse climate change.

The Nanny's Child

Millions of women from poor countries come to work in America as caregivers or nannies. Who looks after their children back home?

Blue Sky Days

A drone's-eye view of America reveals the changing nature of war, privacy, and government transparency.

William & Mary 2013-2014 Sharp Reporting Projects

With support from Pulitzer Center grantees, William & Mary students explore issues from high HIV rates among black gay men in Baltimore to the debate over immigration policy across the U.S.

Sea Change: The Pacific’s Perilous Turn

In 2009, The Seattle Times reported that ocean acidification – the plummeting pH of seas from carbon-dioxide emissions – was killing billions of Northwest oysters. That was only the beginning.

A Melting Arctic

Global warming is happening faster around the Arctic Ocean than anywhere else. To adjust to this new climate, local communities must change the way they live and work – for better and for worse.

This Week: Poverty in America

This Week: Nearly one in five children in America suffers from being poor, deportations are straining relations between Australia and New Zealand, and ISIS has undermined faith in Iraq.

Staying Safe in War Zones

The Pulitzer Center, with support from A Culture of Safety (ACOS), sponsored Hostile Environment/First Aid Training (HEFAT) for 14 freelancers in the hills of Virginia.

Global concern

In this lesson, students discuss the reporting project "Nuclear Winter."

Human Rights Reporting

Students will critically examine the legal, professional and moral obligations of journalists as witnesses to all kinds of human rights violations.

Telling Science Stories: Data Visualization

This lesson shows students how journalists use data visualization to effectively communicate scientific issues—and directs students to create their own projects using the mapping platform CartoDB.

Healing for Refugees from Syria

Analyze author’s purpose using articles and video exploring a community’s efforts to support Syrian refugees in Jordan.

World Water Day

The following World Water Day lesson plan and classroom resources for humanities, science, social studies, media and English teachers ask students to investigate four Pulitzer Center reporting...