Please join the Pulitzer Center for a special event with grantees journalist Jon Cohen and filmmaker Carl Gierstorfer on Monday, February 26, 2018, in the Community Room at St. Louis Public Radio.
Educators, students, and the general public are welcome. Participating educators receive professional development certificates from the Pulitzer Center.
The evening is divided in two parts:
From 6 - 7 pm, Cohen and Gierstorfer present selections from their science reporting, with a focus on communicable diseases including HIV/AIDS and Ebola. How do journalists create fascinating, relatable stories out of complex science? How can teachers use this and other Pulitzer Center reporting? Education director Mark Schulte discusses the Pulitzer Center's K-12 education program, highlighting exciting free curriculum resources and engagement opportunities for St. Louis teachers.
From 7 - 8 pm, join the journalists, Pulitzer Center staff and local educators for a reception.
Cohen was the lead reporter on the Pulitzer Center's six-part series "The End of AIDS?" with PBS NewsHour. The series won both a national Emmy award and the top broadcast reporting prize from the National Academies of Science. Cohen and a NewsHour team are currently in Russia and Nigeria filming a follow-on series, also supported by the Pulitzer Center, that focuses on the two countries lagging farthest behind in beating AIDS.
Gierstorfer is an award-winning science journalist based in Berlin who has completed two full-length documentaries with support from the Pulitzer Center. One of the documentaries is on the origins of HIV-AIDS (focused mostly on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon, which screened at Washington University in St. Louis April 2015. The other is on one Liberian village's struggle to cope with Ebola. Gierstorfer is currently at work on a third project with the Pulitzer Center, this one focused on how to protect "uncontacted" people in the Amazon from disease.