JOURNALISM & ENGAGEMENT FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD

Impact has been at the center of the Pulitzer Center’s mission of raising awareness and public understanding of underreported issues since our inception in 2006. Recent projects supported by the Pulitzer Center have struck down bad laws, helped end harmful government programs, and bore witness to events and atrocities that otherwise would be hidden from public scrutiny.

We believe in the power of journalism, education, and public outreach to create real-world change. Beyond the readers, listeners, and viewers of the journalism we support, our impact touches the professional and personal development of the news outlets, grantees, local organizations, students, and educators with whom we work.

WHAT IMPACT MEANS TO US

The Pulitzer Center supports a range of initiatives across many intersecting issues. There is no one simple way to define and measure our impact. We collect both quantitative and qualitative data through a variety of methods, including direct interaction with grantees, news partners, educators, and feedback at public events. 

We go beyond standard measures of journalism impact, whether audience reach, awards or policy change, to focus as well on evidence of impact that is less immediate but equally important:

  • Personal, transformative professional changes for our grantees and Fellows
  • Infrastructural improvements and resources created for the benefit of the public through the work of journalism
  • Engaged students who see themselves reflected in the media and understand how global issues relate to them personally 
  • Relationships driven by partnerships between educational institutions, community organizations, and the journalism outlets that serve them

The Pulitzer Center cares about long-term, often intangible, impact. We hope the journalism we support generates empathy among readers for communities that are less understood or whose voices are rarely heard—and that we can demonstrate it engages the broadest possible public in the big systemic issues that affect us all.

“Receiving the grant felt like a vote of confidence from an organization whose work I've admired for years, and that has done wonders for my willingness and ability to challenge myself as a reporter and as a writer."

M. G. ZIMETA
Pulitzer Center grantee

"As a reporter, you care not only about getting the story, by also about reaching people with it. Making an impact. The Pulitzer Center helps stories achieve this, and it's one of the reasons I value working with it."

NADJA DROST
Pulitzer Center grantee

FEATURED IMPACT


UPDATE

389 Journalists, 275 Projects, World-Changing Impact: Our 2022

Stories that truly make a difference. Collaborative initiatives that make things happen. Opportunities that transform lives. Connections with those who know. All this and more in our summary of Pulitzer Center highlights for 2022.


UPDATE

The Netherlands Halts Subsidies to 'Untruthful' Biomass Firms

A Pulitzer Center-supported investigation into Enviva—the world’s largest maker of wood pellets for energy—has reached the Parliament of the Netherlands, influencing its decision to end subsidies to “untruthful” biomass firms on December 15, 2022.


UPDATE

Massive Police Facial Recognition Database Now Requiring Policy Limits on Use

Florida police agencies’ unregulated use of a statewide facial recognition database—a black-box scenario allowing possible civil rights abuse—now faces new restrictions and oversight in the wake of a Pulitzer Center-supported series.


UPDATE

Where Are They Now? Reporting Fellow Alums in 2022

Pulitzer Center reporting fellowships have made it possible for college students and recent graduates to explore new territory and tell important stories that impact the world around them, create change, and engage diverse audiences. They also help launch careers—building confidence, creating networks, and developing journalistic skills that serve Fellows well no matter the field they pursue.


UPDATE

US Bans Sugar Imports From Top Dominican Producer Over Forced Labor Allegations

The United States will block shipments of raw sugar from a top Dominican producer with close ties to two wealthy Florida businessmen after finding indications of forced labor at its sprawling Caribbean plantation. This action follows a two-year Pulitzer-supported investigation by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and Mother Jones.


UPDATE

Universities and Students Investigate Use of AI Surveillance Tool in Response to Grantee’s Reporting

Since the Pulitzer-supported publication, at least 11 universities and student newsrooms have used the reporting and public documents to begin inquiries into their schools’ use of Social Sentinel, and at least one university has dropped its contract with the company that sells the tool. 

“Not only were the funds provided by Pulitzer Center essential to making this youth-powered team reporting project possible, the Center’s reputation for supporting important investigative journalism bolstered our work. The fact that the Center would support a youth reporting project of this nature meant that experts, government officials, community members, and other stakeholders took us seriously, as well.”

CHRISTINE MACDONALD
Pulitzer Center grantee

“Support from the Pulitzer Center was invaluable. Without them, the realization of the project would not have been possible. In addition, our history managed to directly transform the reality experienced and documented by us, helping institutions to restore justice. And the Pulitzer Center is also part of this story of resistance and hope. Thank you so much!”

AHMAD JARRAH
Pulitzer Center grantee

BROWSE ALL IMPACT


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