Pulitzer Center Newsletter
September 10, 2010

From the Caucasus to Afghanistan:

Nieman Reports Highlights Pulitzer Center Work

For Nieman Reports, Fatima Tlisova reports on how independent journalists in the North Caucasus often find that their work is a life-threatening pursuit. She profiles several journalists who were killed or forced to flee Russia as a result of press persecution. Extended profiles of all the journalists are available at her project page on journalism and censorship in Russia on Untold Stories.

The fall issue of Nieman Reports features articles from other Pulitzer Center staff and journalists as well. Executive Director Jon Sawyer explains how the Pulitzer Center has become a model for nonprofit journalism initiatives in digital foreign correspondence. Jason Motlagh  recounts how he first teamed up with the Pulitzer Center, which kick-started his career as an independent journalist reporting in war zones in India and Afghanistan. Kwame Dawes  describes the parallels between poetry and journalism.

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Pulitzer Center are also proud to announce a new collaboration that will support international reporting initiatives with a special focus on global health coverage. Read the full Nieman Foundation's press release.

Latest Reporting

Cyprus: Scott Carney speaks about the sale of human eggs and in vitro fertilization on The Leonard Lopate Show.

Carney also explores the commodification of women's bodies and human tissue on The Majority United show for blogtalkradio. He also touches upon skeleton traders, kidney brokers and those who kidnap babies for adoption deals in the United States.

Untold Stories

Democratic Republic of Congo: Joe Bavier and Marcus Bleasdale report from northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where decades of willful neglect have left the area isolated, impoverished, and underdeveloped. But what was once simply the source of surmountable hardship is now transforming the districts of Haut and Bas-Uele into a kill zone for The Lord's Resistance Army and its leader Joseph Kony. In slideshows, they show the victims and abandoned farmlands and villages that were attacked by the rebel group.

Bangladesh: Glenn Baker reports on how rising sea levels in Bangladesh are increasingly forcing humans and tigers into common habitats. He also follows up on a news story about how river erosion had suddenly collapsed several houses in the city of Koyra, sweeping away a five-year-old girl in the process.

Executive Director Jon Sawyer and video journalist Steve Sapienza launch their reporting project on water and sanitation issues in the growing city of Dhaka. They report on how in Bangladeshi schools, co-ed toilets and poor sanitation impede students' attendance and performance, especially for women. They also take a closer look at the  Vacutug, which improves water sanitation by sucking sewage from Dhaka's pit latrines.

In video reports, they profile the non-government organization Lighthouse and report on its successful sanitation and hygiene program for the west Bangladeshi village of Mostafapur. They also explore the the sights and sounds of Old Dhaka and community programs that teach kids how to swim to prevent deaths by drowning, which UNICEF calls the biggest cause of mortality in Bangladesh for children between the ages of 1 and 17.

Niger: Student Fellow Ruth Moon (Southern Illinois University-Carbondale) reports on a destroyed dam in the village of Adouna, which flooded the main road from the village to the market and has for the past 10 years prevented villagers from taking their carts of produce to sell at the market. This reporting is part of her project on the work of NGOs in Niger.

News Points

Outreach Specialist Kate Steger explores how as aid and development NGOs strive to optimize social media, mobile technology and other digital tools in the new media landscape,  collaborations between journalism and global health are offering newfound common ground. In an accompanying video, she provides an overview of the Dying for Life Gateway and the Pulitzer Center's reporting on maternal health issues.

Public Policy Intern Tricia Dunn reports on a panel discussion at the U.S. Institute for Peace, where one U.N. worker reflected on her experiences addressing gender-based violence in Haiti and shared her hopes for future reconstruction efforts.


Blissfest333 to Screen Rebuilding Hope in Manitou Springs, CO

September 18 - 12:00 p.m.

Rebuilding Hope, the documentary film following three "Lost Boys" of Sudan as they return home - created by Pulitzer Center grantee Jen Marlowe - will screen at the Blissfest333 Arts Festival in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

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