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COVID-19

Public health experts warned of the threat of global pandemics for decades, but governments at every level largely ignored them. Even the recent onset of deadly epidemics like SARS and H1NI were not enough to compel countries to prepare for the inevitable. Now, as COVID-19 spreads across the globe, countries as wide ranging as China, Italy, the United States, Sweden, Brazil, and the Democratic Republic of Congo struggle to respond.

The Pulitzer Center and its grantees are focusing on telling the full global story of the coronavirus pandemic. Their work explores topics ranging from the efforts to flatten the curve and the search for a vaccine to the impact of the crisis on the most vulnerable, including undocumented immigrants, communities of color, students, and those with little or no access to clean water. 

At a time of scarce journalism resources, the Pulitzer Center's Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge is encouraging innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists, newsrooms, and educational institutions across the globe.

We are also publishing “Speaking Out on Coronavirus”—stories and blogs by the Pulitzer Center team and our Campus Consortium partners reporting on the impact of coronavirus in their own backyards and around the world—from the frontlines in Seattle to school closings in Illinois, or cramped quarters in a refugee camp in Greece.

Help make our ongoing support for COVID-19 coverage possible—give today. See a summary of our response to the COVID 19 pandemic across our programs here.

 

COVID-19

The Road to Recovery

The pandemic underscored long-standing inequalities in American society. It also created scores of new social activists in Generation Z ready to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Video Narrative: RESPONSE I

When COVID-19 cases spiked in March, officials encouraged extreme vigilance with social distancing. At the same time, residents were beginning to see the failures and strengths of their government's crisis response.

Video Narrative: DEVASTATION III

A report released in April found that Black and Hispanic New Yorkers were dying from COVID-19 at almost twice the rate of white New Yorkers.

Video Narrative: RECOVERY II

Out of the pandemic came many valuable lessons and, at the same time, many hard truths. Would these lessons become opportunities for a new way forward?

Video Narrative: DEVASTATION II

In late April, the City was in the eye of the storm. Residents understood the physical impact of the virus, but up until that moment, few would have guessed the profound toll it would take on mental health.

Video Narrative: RECOVERY I

As Brooklyn started reopening, residents began to reflect on lessons learned, society, and health. So much had changed in such a short time. Who had they become?

COVID-19, Agriculture Workers and Our Food System

A reporting project exploring the systematic abuses of agriculture workers in the food industry in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prairie State Museums Project: The Impact of COVID-19 on Illinois Museums

In partnership with local media organizations across Illinois, this project elevates the stories of “Prairie State” museums and their inherent community and economic value as they face the COVID crisis.

How Do We Survive?

With the economy in crisis because of the pandemic, survival is a day-to-day struggle for millions of undocumented Americans and Latinx immigrants living below the poverty line.

Behind the Story: Errin Haines on 'Portraits of a Pandemic'

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns in the United States, grantee Errin Haines has spearheaded the Pulitzer Center supported project “Portraits of a Pandemic” a collaboration between The 19th, a non-profit newsroom committed to centering women in reporting, and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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