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Speaking Out on Coronavirus

All of us at the Pulitzer Center have transitioned to working remotely, while our Campus Consortium partners have migrated to online distance learning. We’re thankful for our ability to stay connected, and yet our flexibility is being tested—daily, hourly, and minute-by-minute. 

For the Pulitzer Center team, Reporting Fellows, Alums, and the university community alike, the transition is a unique one that presents challenges. What does life during a pandemic look like? What's it like to shelter in place or practice social distancing? What are the long-term effects? How do we face the fear and uncertainty? And what makes us laugh? We decided to seek those answers.

Below, members of the Pulitzer Center and the Campus Consortium reflect, report, and record their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are a member of the Pulitzer Center or the Campus Consortium (or an alum) we welcome your contributions! They may be sent to reportingfellows[at]pulitzercenter.org.

Project image: Local businesses in Madison, Wisconsin prepared to reopen on May 26, 2020. The Orpheum Theater on State. Image by Lawrence Andrea. United States, 2020.

Love in the Year of the Plague

"These are hard times; hope can easily go sour. We can’t give them that," writes 2020 LaGuardia Community College Fellow René Sing-Brooks in his poem set in pandemic-stricken New York City.

Running a Virtual School on Chicago’s West Side

“There are 700 people who depend on me. That can be scary,” the principal of Oscar DePriest Elementary, a public school serving predominantly low-income households, tells Medill Journalism School professor Peter Slevin.