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.


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



Gender Equity, 1619 Project Education, & More: Our Quarter 1

This quarter we are celebrating the work the Pulitzer Center has supported about and by women and nonbinary individuals around the world.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”

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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