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Journalism and education are both in a period of rapid, traumatic upheaval. Many of the journalism organizations we serve, stripped of essential advertising, aren’t sure they will survive at all. Teachers at every level are scrambling to deliver effective instruction to students remotely. Digital resources (and smart ways to teach them) are in demand like never before.
Big changes are underway. Old habits are dying. New ones are being born of necessity.
The Pulitzer Center is uniquely positioned to seize the moment we’re in—given the journalism partnerships we have built over the past 15 years, the hundreds of schools and universities we serve, and the in-depth digital curricular materials we have created. 
We believe that this is a moment for decisive action. We have taken the following steps:
These reporting initiatives have resulted in over 100 stories on the pandemic already and with many more in progress.
We have also surveyed our grantees to understand their needs and to help provide additional opportunities for them through our digital programming. Their survey responses will be used to create a database for editors.
We have been equally proactive in our educational and public outreach, working to deploy the effective instructional materials that are urgently needed for the balance of the school year this spring and in semesters to come. A needs-assessment survey of partners has given us clear signals on how teachers are adapting to teaching remotely. Our team is at work converting our materials to be student-facing and to print easily. The creation of longer-term curricular units is now underway. And we’re meeting the demand from the public for critical information about the pandemic.
These community engagements not only serve a public interest mandate to inform, but also provide additional income to journalists in need.
The approaches we perfect now will become the prototype for national programming going forward. As we grow this community and learn together, we will also continue to adapt: modifying our resources and creating new ones in support of educators shifting practices in light of the new realities we face.
In pursuing this work we are fortunate we already have many talented partners and a staff dedicated to our mission. We are blessed also with a proven model, developed over many years, that is poised to scale.
The Pulitzer Center serves global public-interest journalism in a way few organizations can—by engaging wide audiences on deeply reported topics and inspiring the next generation to value credible news and cross-cultural understanding.
Every year:
Pulitzer Center reporting projects have won Emmys, George Polk Awards, National Magazine Awards, Overseas Press Club Awards, Peabody Awards, BAFTA, and Pulitzer Prizes.
The Pulitzer Center fills a vital gap in coverage of the issues that matter most. Editors and journalists say that without our support these kinds of stories simply wouldn’t happen. Our mission has never been more urgent: to support accurate, responsible journalism and to do everything we can to engage all people, across the political spectrum and the divides of class, race, and religion.
Our response to the coronavirus pandemic has been a compelling demonstration of our model’s power. We’ve already committed over $500,000 in emergency grants for the reporting alone, and have shifted resources on education and public outreach to focus on the immediate needs of educators and the public. In making these commitments to journalism, and to the related educational activities described above, we are drawing on the Pulitzer Center’s limited pool of dollars for general operational support. With additional support we can do so much more!
We are serving the journalists, news media organizations, schools and universities we collaborate with by continuing to advance our core mission: enabling great journalism and education about underreported and systemic global issues that resonate now–and continue to have relevance in times ahead.
We look forward to the opportunity to work with foundations and other donors who share our commitment to addressing, now, the urgent challenges we face.
Please help us continue this vital work through these challenging times.
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—Joseph Pulitzer III (1913-1993)