An Associated Press exposé of rape and massacre in the Rohingya villages of Myanmar. A Los Angeles Times report on China’s growing influence across Africa. A six-part series for PBS NewsHour on Putin’s Russia. The New Yorker’s inside look at life in Pyongyang. A yearlong multimedia project with TIME, tracking the lives of three Syrian refugee families in Europe.
These stories are a reminder of the astonishing range of work made possible with Pulitzer Center support in 2017—and a reminder, also, that beyond the circus of current American politics there is a world in flux, a world that we ignore at our peril.
New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof noted this month that his columns on President Donald J. Trump averaged twice the readership online as those on foreign affairs—proof that “Trump sells,” he wrote, “and overseas news doesn’t.”
That truth doesn’t make overseas news less important. It does mean we have to think harder, about how to reach the broadest possible audiences on the issues that affect us all.
For the Pulitzer Center that means making our reporting as compelling as we can, through brilliant storytelling, photography, and videography. But it also means finding audiences where they are—funding projects on China with The Des Moines Register, for example, or with The Texas Tribune (and ProPublica) on the botched management of a 700-mile fence that is the precursor of Trump’s “beautiful wall.”
Just as important are the hundreds of schools and universities that use Pulitzer journalism as the launch point for discussion and debate, engaging students on the trends and policies that will determine their future.
In 2017 Pulitzer Center journalists participated in more than 245 events at 45 universities and colleges. We sent 37 students to report from 27 countries. We reached 80,000 secondary and middle school students in person—and tens of thousands more through online curricular resources that are freely available to educators everywhere.
It’s your support that makes this possible. Won’t you join us today? Together we can change the world.
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Click on the following links to see letters we sent previously this month from Ann Peters, University and Community Outreach Director, Joan Woods, Campaign Director, and Mark Schulte, Education Director.