Saturday, June 3rd

  • 2:00-2:30 Registration
  • 2:30-3:45 Concurrent panels
  • 4:00-4:30 Coffee
  • 4:30-5:45 Concurrent panels
  • 6:00-7:00 Reception
  • 7:00-9:30 Dinner program
  • 9:30-11:00 Reception

Concurrent Panels


Women in Conflict Zones

Property Rights

Global Health


Diversifying the Story



(G): Indicates current or former Pulitzer Center grantee


1) Women in Conflict Zones

What are the unique challenges women face in conflict zones? What role can they play towards advancing greater peace and security? And for women reporters, does their gender impact how they report in conflict zones?

Welcome: Tom Hundley, Pulitzer Center Senior Editor

2) Property Rights

Gender equality in property rights is a critical human rights issue and key to ensuring economic stability for women. Perspectives from journalists who have covered property-rights violations and practitioners who work to strengthen local governance in support of tenure security for women.

Welcome: Steve Sapienza, Pulitzer Center senior producer

  • LaShawn Jefferson, deputy director, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania (moderator)
  • Indira Sarma, COO Namati
  • Amy Toensing, freelance photojournalist, Widowhood (G)
  • Paola Totaro, editor, Thomson Reuters Foundation's Place

3) Global Health

Women's health is often viewed narrowly as issues pertaining to reproductive and maternal health but gender actually impacts all aspects of healthcare. Panelists explore the interrelationships.


Coffee Break


1) Diversifying the Story

When critical voices are absent from journalism, what perspectives and stories go untold? Panelists delve into diversity—why it's more than a buzzword, and why it's necessary in order for reporting to reflect our world in its wide range of experience.

  • Yochi Dreazen, foreign editor of (moderator)
  • Fareed Mostoufi, Pulitzer Center Senior Education Manager
  • Susan Goldberg, editor in chief, National Geographic Magazine
  • Daniella Zalcman, freelance photojournalist, founder Women Photograph, projects on LGBT rights in Uganda and UK (G)
  • Nikole Hannah-Jones, staff writer New York Times Magazine, co-founder Ida B Wells Society
  • Kwame Dawes poet, writer, actor, musician, professor of English at the University of Nebraska (G)

2) Refugees and Migration

Gender and the Refugee Experience: How does one impact the other? Panelists examine shifting gender roles—and ways to address issues of identity, injustice, and discrimination that many communities now face.

3) Labor and Economics

Gender has played a unique role in critical issues around labor and economics at both the local and global levels. Panelists explore these intersections, the ongoing challenges as well as possible models for positive change.




Seated dinner followed by drinks. Dinner program includes remarks by Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, Susan Goldberg, Ben Taub, and a special performance by Girl Be Heard. See full dinner speakers and program.

Program for Sunday, June 4


Networking / coffee


Concurrent Workshops

1) Cyber Security:

  • Runa Sandvik, director of information security for the newsroom at The New York Times

This two-hour workshop will cover digital security best practices and what you can do to secure data, communications and sources. The first hour will cover topics such as encryption, passwords and two-factor, and there will be time for questions as well. The second hour will be a hands-on, step-by-step walkthrough of email encryption using Mailvelope and Gmail.

2) Fundraising: Proposals and Pitches

  • Joan Woods, capital campaign director, Pulitzer Center
  • Tom Hundley, senior editor, Pulitzer Center
  • Ann Marie Valentine, senior program officer, International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)

The Pulitzer Center's Tom Hundley and Joan Woods will be joined by Ann Marie Valentine of IWMF to share tips, best practices and no-nos for pitching a story and securing funding for your reporting. We will share the Pulitzer Center's and IWMF's process for submitting reporting project proposals and give feedback on your story pitches.

3) Women Photograph/Photographers of Color: Challenges and Resources

  • Daniella Zalcman, freelance journalist, founder Women Photograph
  • Jennifer Samuel, associate photo editor, National Geographic

A discussion about the urgent need to broaden the lens of the photojournalism community and current efforts to be more inclusive.

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