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 borne 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.


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."

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."

Pulitzer Center grantee



Processing the News Through Poetry: Teachers Share

How do the teachers of prizewinning poets prepare their students to engage meaningfully and creatively with global news stories, and what impact do they see in their classrooms? We invited three teachers who have been teaching Fighting Words for multiple years to share their experiences and tips.


Nestlé Drops Supplier Linked to Indigenous Land Invasions

Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, has removed Marfrig from its list of suppliers in Brazil, a year after a Pulitzer Center-supported investigation by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism (TBIJ) linked the beef giant to purchases of cattle from seized Indigenous land.


Georgia Bans Activity by Foreign Surrogacy Agencies Following 'The Baby Broker Project'

Six months after the release of the Pulitzer Center-supported series The Baby Broker Project, the Republic of Georgia has banned foreign surrogacy agencies from flying into Georgia and hiring Georgian women as surrogates for couples around the world.


Expanding My Own Fugitive Pedagogy: Bringing The 1619 Project to the School District of Philadelphia

This reflection was written by Abigail Henry, who teaches African American History in Philadelphia, PA. Henry shared the book The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story with her classes as part of the Pulitzer Center-Penguin Random House 1619 Pilot Program. Henry is also part of the inaugural cohort of The 1619 Project Education Network.


Pulitzer Center-Supported Reporting Spurs Brazilian Police Investigation Into Abuse of Indigenous Children

The Federal Public Prosecutor's Office (MPF) of Amazonas state in Brazil announced it would launch an investigation into the abuse of Indigenous Jamamadi children, following reporting by Pulitzer Center Rainforest Journalism Fund grantee Tatiana Merlino.


New Law Requires Maine Police To Be More Transparent About Misconduct

A new Maine law will require law enforcement agencies to be more transparent about the misconduct of their officers, but police union contracts can still dictate how long discipline records are retained, prompting some to see a continued threat to the public’s right to know.

“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.”

Pulitzer Center grantee

“The Campus Consortium Reporting Fellowship had an outstanding impact on my career. Not only did it better prepare me for a career in international journalism, but it has also been the foundation for my relationship with the Pulitzer Center, which has now expanded to other reporting programs. I am incredibly grateful for my time reporting in Brazil, and urge any Elon student that asks to apply.”

Pulitzer Center Rainforest Investigations Fellow & 2020 Elon University Reporting Fellow


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