Pulitzer grantee Mattathias Schwartz talks about his investigative report for The New Yorker ”A Mission Gone Wrong" and the U.S. war on drugs.
To Be Poor and Sick in India
MUMBAI — I first became interested in India’s government hospitals after my son was born last May at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, one of the city’s well-regarded private hospitals. The care was exceptional, but a stay at a private hospital is a luxury that only a small percentage of Mumbai residents can afford. My curiosity about what kind of care existed for the city’s less fortunate babies led me to write about the fight against infant mortality in the Dharavi slum for India Ink in September.
But India is larger than the metropolises of Mumbai and Delhi, and the people living in Dharavi are luckier than most. So in digging deeper on the subject of health care, I traveled with a photographer, Sami Siva, to West Bengal, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, visiting hospitals and speaking with caregivers, government officials, patients and academics along the way.
What I found is that the health care that lower-income patients receive is not only problematic on the whole; it can sometimes be outright lethal. In a series that will run through Thursday, I examine the complex issues facing India’s government hospitals and health care in greater detail.
Call for Reporting Proposals on Global Health Topics
We are seeking ambitious, enterprise reporting projects on global health and the future of the global development agenda. We are maintaining our ongoing interest in reproductive health, food security, sanitation, and HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. We are also looking for proposals that surface new or neglected issues and perspectives in global health.
Projects should engage the public, advance understanding among policymakers, and whenever possible, tie into current policy discussions. The reporting should focus on why and how; descriptive projects are not sufficient.
Partnerships between journalists who specialize in different media are encouraged, as are teams of staff journalists. Applicants should consider incorporating data visualization, for which the Pulitzer Center has in-house expertise if needed.
Proposals must include a credible plan for broad distribution of the resulting work. Applicants should demonstrate interest from editors or producers working in wide-reaching U.S. or European news media outlets. Letters from editors or producers who have worked with you in the past, and are interested in working with you again, are encouraged.
For journalists interested in critical reporting on apparently successful responses to social problems, editorial guidance will be available from Tina Rosenberg and David Bornstein of the Solutions Journalism Network and The New York Times Fixes blog.
Before applying, please review our website and others to ensure that you are proposing a unique project or one that builds on past reporting.
To submit your proposal, please use this webform.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, the Pulitzer family and anonymous donors have generously provided funding for this initiative.
Support the Persephone Miel Fellowship Fund for Journalists from Developing Countries
Persephone Miel believed in the transformative power of journalism.
After more than 20 years in media development overseas and at home, she knew that the best journalism was local. Reporters needed top-level journalism training and the freedom to tackle the toughest stories.
Strong partnerships would help provide the support – whether intellectual or monetary – to do the kind of reporting that financially strapped or politically repressed media couldn’t or wouldn’t undertake.
That’s why, just before she died in 2010, she told friends that the best way to memorialize her life’s work would be to provide international journalists with training and experience – enable them to work with the professionals at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to produce in-depth journalism at the local level and then disseminate it to a global audience.
She so believed in this idea that she personally bequeathed the money that helped start the Persephone Miel Fellowship Fund, to be overseen by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with Internews. With additional support from the Center the Fund has allowed four international journalists to pursue critical reporting on local issues in their home countries – and to reach a global audience with their reporting.
The 2013 fellow is Ameto Akpe, a young Nigerian journalist who will investigate the impact of U.S. “soft power” in Muslim-dominated northern Nigeria. Previous fellows reported from Russia, India and Pakistan to produce cross-platform reports that reached both local and international audiences. The Center arranged for last year’s fellow, Anna Nemtsova of Russia, to present her reporting in person to U.S. audiences.
In addition to direct financial assistance, the Center provides editorial oversight, support for multi-media storytelling, and help placing fellows’ work in US news media outlets.
Of the $7,500 fellowship, $5,000 goes directly to the fellowship winner for reporting costs, and $2,500 helps bring the journalist to DC for intensive multimedia training and project development sessions. The Pulitzer Center has waived all fees associated with the administration of the fund and management of the projects; every dollar donated to the Miel Fund goes directly to the support of Miel Fellows.
Persephone’s vision was for a sustained program to grow out of her initial investment. This is why a group of Persephone’s friends and supporters are asking you to help ensure that the fellowship in her name lives on and can continue her legacy work in journalism and freedom of information.
This drive requires your support. The goal is to raise $160,000, which together with previous donations would ensure that these $7,500 grants continue on a permanent basis.
June marks the three-year anniversary of Persephone’s death from cancer. Please help us make sure that her career, beliefs and good works continue to be felt through those who do the best journalism in her name.
To make a donation, please go here.
With sincere thanks for your generosity,
Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center Executive Director,
And the Friends of Persephone Miel
Pulitzer Center grantee Dimiter Kenarov talks about his month-long tour of US universities, schools and public events talking about his shale gas reporting project. Kenarov investigated Poland’s nascent shale industry and then dove into Pennsylvania and Ohio to see what effects fracking was having on local communities. Over the course of the tour, he spoke to more than 2000 people!
Though every community is different, my personal rule is pretty much the same: It’s O.K. to feel like an idiot going in as long as you don’t sound like an idiot coming out.
Call for Proposals: Gun-related Violence
The terrible massacre of 20 schoolchildren and their teachers in Newtown cries out for “meaningful action” from our nation’s lawmakers. At the Pulitzer Center, we have put out a call for reporting proposals that examine the causes and consequences of gun-related violence. In particular, we are seeking projects that compare U.S. trends, government policies, and social attitudes with those in other countries. We especially seek proposals that include both an international component and relate to the Chicago metropolitan area, a major focus of Pulitzer Center educational outreach and also a region where gun violence claims one life per day. Read more»
As Libyan rebels entered Tripoli yesterday, Sky News reporter Alex Crawford appeared to be the only Western broadcast reporter on the scene.
How’d she do it? How’d she broadcast from the capital?
According to the Daily Telegraph “the astonishing footage from the streets of Tripoli was produced using an Apple Mac Pro laptop computer connected to a mini-satellite dish that was charged by a car cigarette lighter socket.”
Somewhere MacGyver is smiling.