Mission: To support in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through sponsorship of quality journalism across all media platforms.
Background: Established in 2006 by Jon Sawyer, a former Washington bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is dedicated to supporting independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are less able to undertake. The center's goal is to improve the coverage of systemic global issues and/or crises in ways that engage both the broad public and government policy makers. To that end, the center pursues more than a hundred and fifty projects a year, including print series, documentaries, data interactives, and e-books, and offers nearly $2 million in grants in direct support of journalists. In the ten-plus years since its inception, the center has cultivated partnerships with outlets ranging from The New York Times and The New Yorker to the PBS NewsHour, NPR, and National Geographic. It also has developed a robust education program that sponsors close to five hundred events a year, including lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, and photography exhibits.
Outstanding Web Features: Through its website, the center offers hundreds of free lesson plans, classroom engagements, professional development opportunities, and programs for K-12 and postsecondary educators, with the goal of connecting students to pressing global issues and the journalists who cover them. The site's Lesson Builder tool gives educators the ability to create customized lesson plans that fit their needs based on original Pulitzer-funded reporting and educational resources. Visitors to the site also can view model lessons; save drafts of their own lesson plans; join the Pulitzer Center community and search published lesson plans; and connect with journalists willing to visit middle and high school classrooms to discuss their work.