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Some news stories require greater investments of time to report, with journalists conducting exhaustive investigations using data, public and private records and interviews with a host of sources. Pulitzer Center grantee stories tagged with “Investigative” feature in-depth reporting that delves deeply into serious issues. Use the Pulitzer Center Lesson Builder to find and create lesson plans on investigative journalism.

 

Flight Risk

There is no national plan to deal with contagious disease in our busy skies. There is no consistent way to notify towers of incoming problems. And sometimes airplane cleanup crews ignore even basic hygiene.

The Corporate Balkanization of Nation States

Control over its territory has always been considered the fundamental characteristic of the state itself. What happens when historic levels of territory are given over to corporate interests?

Profile of Selahattin Demirtas

Selahattin Demirtas guided his party to 59 seats in the Turkish general election of Nov. 1. He must now defend its peaceful message against the possibility of civil war.

Violence and Hope in El Salvador

In a country as violent as El Salvador, many have given up on political solutions to gang warfare. Can the new, young mayor of San Salvador begin to bring about peace in the country’s capital?

Fatal Extraction: Australian Mining in Africa

Belying Australia's positive international reputation, mining companies from Down Under are accused of killing, maiming and polluting communities across Africa.

Feeding China

China faces huge challenges in feeding its people sustainably and safely. Iowa and U.S. agribusinesses believe they have the solutions. Are they the right ones?

Do Bans on Buying Sex Work?

There’s a growing push in Europe to criminalize the buying but not the selling of sex. Advocates say such laws curb trafficking. Opponents say they hurt prostitutes. Who's right?

The Big Picture: Alberta’s Oil Sands

Alberta’s oil sands region is at the heart of the KeystoneXL pipeline controversy. A project built on aerial photographs from 1,000 feet up brings into sharp focus the project's scale—and stakes.

Brazil: The Real World Cup

The Real World Cup looks at the largesse of the soccer extravaganza in Brazil by examining its actual impact on local communities and urban infrastructure in host cities around the country.

Zambia: Twilight of the Vulture Funds?

Investors have made millions suing the world's poorest countries over bad debts—but these so-called vulture funds may not be as bad as they sound.