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Rolling Stone
Burning the Amazon for Farmland

Since taking office this year, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has encouraged loggers, ranchers, and farmers to clear the Amazon and open the region to faster commercial exploitation. The number of wildfires—some set intentionally—has skyrocketed, claiming thousands of acres of rainforest, threatening biodiversity, and reversing the rainforest’s critical role as a carbon sink. Writing in a Pulitzer Center-supported story for Rolling Stone, Jesse Hyde investigates the threat that Brazil’s emboldened farmers and ranchers pose to the rainforest’s survival. We also have a related story by Thais Borges, Sue Branford, and Maurício Torres in EcoAméricas on Indigenous tribes in the Amazon fighting to defend their lands.

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Columbia Journalism Review
Syrian Teen Uses Social Media to Document Civil War

Sixteen-year-old Muhammad Najem is known in Damascus as “the little journalist” for his influential social media reporting on the Assad regime’s attacks on Syrian civilians. Pulitzer Center grantee and former student fellow AJ Naddaff profiles Najem this week for CJR. Committed to telling the story of his people, Najem, who is frustrated to be a refugee in Turkey, has applied for press credentials to return to Syria to document the destruction of his homeland. “We cannot give up on our cause,” he says.

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The Miami Herald
Cubans, Long-Favored Migrants to the U.S., Now Trapped by Border Policy

For decades, Cubans enjoyed preferential treatment when seeking asylum in the United States. This ended when the Obama administration discontinued the “wet foot, dry foot” policy, and the Trump administration isn’t eager to backtrack. In a Pulitzer Center-supported story for The Miami Herald, Mario J. Pentón and Jose Iglesias report on the thousands of Cuban asylum seekers stuck on the Mexican side of the border, exploited by local criminal gangs and afraid to return home.

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EVENTS

Talks @ Pulitzer: Filmmaker Frederick Bernas
September 4, 2019
Washington, D.C.
On-Site Pitching at EIJ 19 with the Pulitzer Center
September 5-6, 2019
San Antonio, TX

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The New York Times
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National Geographic
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Neil Shea and Louie Palu

Eye on Ohio
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Field Notes
First Night in Huaraz: Altitude and Accountability

Audrey Fromson

Field Notes
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