Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting in-depth engagement with underreported global affairs through our sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and a unique program of outreach and education to schools and universities.

The Pulitzer Center endeavors to connect students with pressing, underreported global issues and the journalists that cover them throughout the school year and summer by collaborating with teachers to schedule classroom visits, journalism workshops and professional development sessions. Sign up for the Pulitzer Center education listserv to begin receiving weekly updates and lessons connected to global reporting. You will also be added to the list of teachers contacted when journalists are available for classroom visits.

If you would like support designing a project connected to Pulitzer Center reporting, contact Senior Education Manager Fareed Mostoufi at fmostoufi@pulitzercenter.org.


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Global Explorers
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

How do we get our news? What stories do we see and what stories do we miss? How do we build a balanced news diet that includes a diversity of reliable sources covering the world’s pressing, underreported global stories? Students will explore these questions as part of a 45-75 minute workshop led by Pulitzer Center staff. (Workshop can be shortened or lengthened to fit the class period) Through a series of visual literacy exercises, students will explore images and text from reporting projects supported by Pulitzer Center on a diversity of global issues. Issues include climate change and the environment, war, government, migration, human rights and public health. Students will deeply engage with at least one story and will share what they learned with a group of classmates. Ultimately, students will work with Pulitzer Center staff to analyze which global news stories connect to their local communities, identify a global issue they want to track this school year and analyze ways to integrate more diverse news outlets and topics into the media they engage with every day.  Possible addition: The session can be followed by a Skype session with a Pulitzer Center journalist selected by the class for a cost of $50. Our goal for this program is to cultivate students’ interest in the world and understanding of how global news stories connect to their lives while also increasing their comfort evaluating news stories.

Length of Event: 60-75 minutes. Can also be converted in a 45 minutes workshop version.
Content Area: English/ Literature, Social Studies/History/Geogrphy, Civics/ Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Technology, Diversity
Learning Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Program capacity: 30 students per session

for Global Explorers


Spring Lottery

The Art of the Explainer: A field trip to VOX Media and visual storytelling workshops with documentary filmmakers
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Students visit Vox news to explore how one of the country's youngest, and most visited, digital news sites produces short films that communicate global news stories to diverse audiences. They will meet with staff editors, view short films produced for Vox and tour the Vox offices. As part of a pre-field trip workshop, they will work with Pulitzer Center's education team to examine how Vox journalists compose short films to engage audiences in global stories. They will then apply those strategies to the development of storyboards for short films explaining an important issue from their communities as part of a post-field trip workshop.
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Science, Technology, Arts, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th
Learning Standards: This project aligns with National Core Arts Standards MA: Re7.1.6 for responding to Media Arts (Identify, describe, and analyze how various forms, methods, and styles in media artworks manage audience experience) and MA: Pr4.1.6 for producing media (Access, evaluate, and use internal and external resources to create media artworks)
The project also aligns with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Location: Vox Media, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (The entrance is on Rhode Island Ave.)
Date: 4/29/20 or 5/6/20 and 5/26/20 or 5/28/20
Time: 10:00 AM 
Duration: 90 Minutes 
Capacity: 25

for The Art of the Explainer

 

Exploring Identity through Documentary Film: A field trip to The Atlantic and visual storytelling workshops with documentary filmmakers
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Students explore methods for planning short documentary films through in-class workshops and a field trip to the newsroom at The Atlantic to screen two short documentaries. “We Became Fragments” and “She’s Not a Boy,” model methods for using first-person narration and visuals to present the experiences of young adults facing major conflicts as they migrate to a new home. One is a Syrian teen resettling in Canada after fleeing war, and the other is an Intersex young adult from Zimbabwe who is seeking asylum in the U.S. Students connect with editors and filmmakers to learn how these stories were researched and produced. They then apply what they have learned by creating storyboards for original films about conflicts they have seen in their communities.
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Arts, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th
Learning Standards: This project aligns with National Core Arts Standards MA: Re7.1.6 for responding to Media Arts (Identify, describe, and analyze how various forms, methods, and styles in media artworks manage audience experience) and MA: Pr4.1.6 for producing media (Access, evaluate, and use internal and external resources to create media artworks)
The project also aligns with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Location: The Atlantic, 600 New Hampshire Ave NW # 4, Washington, DC 20037
Date: TBD
Time: 10:00 AM 
Duration: 90 Minutes 
Capacity: 45

for Exploring Identity through Documentary Film

 

Creating Driven-Character short films for National Geographic
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
As part of this three-day workshop, students will travel to National Geographic for a screening and talkback with award-winning filmmakers and producers who illuminate global issues through short, character-driven videos. The films, “Widows” and “Diego’s Rebirth,” tell the stories of youth in Mexico and women in Uganda who are combating violence in their communities. The focus of the field trip will be on teaching students about the process of planning and producing videos for the web that humanize a global issue. Pre-screening workshops, led by a member of the Pulitzer Center education staff, will introduce students to the historical context necessary for understanding the films. They will also introduce students to the structure for producing character-driven videos for the websites of leading news publications. Hands-on post-screening workshops, which will be co-facilitated by the visiting filmmaker, will guide students in creating pitches for character-driven short films exploring an issue in their own communities.
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Technology, Arts, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th
Learning Standards: This project aligns with National Core Arts Standards MA: Re7.1.6 for responding to Media Arts (Identify, describe, and analyze how various forms, methods, and styles in media artworks manage audience experience) and MA: Pr4.1.6 for producing media (Access, evaluate, and use internal and external resources to create media artworks)
The project also aligns with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Location: National Geographic, 1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Date: Tentatively 5/27/20
Time: 10:00 AM 
Duration: 90 Minutes 
Capacity: 200

for Creating Driven-Character

 

Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater” screening and visual storytelling workshops feat. USA Today filmmakers Steve Elfers and Ian James
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Pumped Dry” is an award-winning, 65-minute film produced for USA TODAY that investigates the causes and human impacts of groundwater depletion in India, Morocco, Peru and the United States. This screening will use the film to introduce students to how farmers all over the world have been affected by groundwater loss while also modeling how journalists at major news publications create documentaries that balance personal narratives with research. Immediately after the screening, students will connect directly with journalists Steve Elfers and Ian James to discuss how the film was researched and produced. Classes attending this screening will also participate in a pre-screening workshop with Pulitzer Center staff and post-screening workshop with Elfers to explore visual storytelling skills. Post-screening workshops will result in students designing storyboards for short documentaries that visualize local connections to the film’s themes.
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Science, Technology, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th
Learning Standards: This project aligns with National Core Arts Standards MA: Re7.1.6 for responding to Media Arts (Identify, describe, and analyze how various forms, methods, and styles in media artworks manage audience experience) and MA: Pr4.1.6 for producing media (Access, evaluate, and use internal and external resources to create media artworks)
The project also aligns with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Location: USA Today, 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Date: 6/2/20
Time: 10:00 AM 
Duration: 2 Hours and 45 minutes
Capacity: 45

for Pumped Dry 

 

“Inside Yemen” and “Inside Russia” screenings and visual storytelling workshops feat. PBS Newshour filmmakers
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
“Inside Russia” and “Inside Yemen” are news segments produced for PBS Newshour that investigate how authors use multiple visual approaches to create videos that analyze the human impacts of political conflicts. Students will view the films as part of a field trip to PBS Newshour, where they will also connect with staff editors and tour the Newshour studio. Immediately after the screening, students will connect directly with journalists to discuss how the films were researched, constructed and produced. A pre-field trip workshop with Pulitzer Center staff will introduce content that students will need to understand the segments, and visual storytelling skills that students will use to analyze how the films were produced. After the field trip, Center staff and a Newshour journalist will lead a post-field trip workshop that guides students in using what they learned about visual storytelling to create storyboards for original films that communicate what they learned about Russia and Yemen to their communities.
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Technology, Diversity
Grades: 6th-8th
Learning Standards: This project aligns with National Core Arts Standards MA: Re7.1.6 for responding to Media Arts (Identify, describe, and analyze how various forms, methods, and styles in media artworks manage audience experience) and MA: Pr4.1.6 for producing media (Access, evaluate, and use internal and external resources to create media artworks)
The project also aligns with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Location: WETA offices, Room 625, 3939 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
Date: TBD
Time: 10:00 AM 
Duration: 2 Hours
Capacity: 40

for "Inside Yemen" and "Inside Russia"

 

Walk Like a Journalist: Slow Reporting Workshop
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Why is it important to slow down and be more observant? What do you learn about a place, and ultimately about the world, by slowing down to a walking pace? Students will explore these questions as part of a three-day reporting workshop inspired by the work of National Geographic Fellow and Pulitzer Center grantee Paul Salopek. Salokpk embarked on a reporting mission in early 2013 to walk the same 21,000 mile path that modern humans took from Africa to South America over the course of roughly 50,000 years. His goal throughout this project, which is called the “Out of Eden Walk,” is to take a slow approach to reporting that allows readers to reflect on how the small things we notice as we walk through the world reveal larger international issues. Over a series of three workshops (assuming this works with the school’s schedule), students will analyze photographs, interviews and video from Paul’s project to analyze what a “slow approach” to journalism reveals about the world. They will then travel to Pulitzer Center’s office to conduct slow reporting projects that capture the feeling of Dupont Circle using descriptive writing, interviews and photography. They will meet with a professional photojournalist to practice observation and communication skills as part of their field trip to Pulitzer Center. The journalist will then return to the students’ classroom with a member of the Center’s education staff to lead a final workshop where students conduct slow reporting projects in their communities.
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government
Grades: 4th-12th
Learning Standards: This project aligns with National Core Arts Standards MA: Re7.1.6 for responding to Media Arts (Identify, describe, and analyze how various forms, methods, and styles in media artworks manage audience experience) and MA: Pr4.1.6 for producing media (Access, evaluate, and use internal and external resources to create media artworks)
The project also aligns with the following Common Core Standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2
Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.5
Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.
Location: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036
Date: 3/31/20, 4/30/20, 5/6/20
Time: 10:00 AM 
Duration: 2 Hours and 15 Minutes 
Capacity: 25

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Previous Lotteries 

Events which take place in January - March will be available in the Winter Lottery Cycle, opening December 2. 

History Explained: A field trip to NPR and visual storytelling workshops with documentary filmmakers
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Students will visit the DC offices at NPR to explore how one of the country's leading radio stations creates short films for the web that communicate global news stories to diverse audiences. They will meet with staff editors, view short films produced for NPR (“India’s School Lunch Program” and “A Few Things to Know About Why Treaties Matter,”) and tour the NPR offices. They will also work with Pulitzer Center's education team to examine how journalists compose short films to explain the human impacts of government policies in the U.S. and India as part of a pre-field trip workshop. They will apply those strategies to the development of storyboards for short films that practicing explaining issues that impact their communities as part of a post-field trip workshop
Content Area:English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Technology, Arts, Diversity
Grades: 6-8th
Learning Standards:ART standards: Identify, describe, and analyze how message and meaning are created by components in media artworks CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.3 Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the soundness of the reasoning and relevance and sufficiency of the evidence and identifying when irrelevant evidence is introduced.
Location: NPR, 1111 North Capitol St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Date: 2/12/2020
Time: 10:30 AM 
Duration: 90 Minutes 
Capacity: 80

“Inside Russia” and “Inside Yemen” screenings and visual storytelling workshops feat. PBS Newshour filmmakers
Presented by: Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting

“Inside Russia” and “Inside Yemen” are news segments produced for PBS Newshour that investigate how authors use multiple visual approaches to create videos that analyze the human impacts of political conflicts. Students will view the films as part of a field trip to PBS Newshour, where they will also connect with staff editors and tour the Newshour studio. Immediately after the screening, students will connect directly with journalists to discuss how the films were researched, constructed and produced. A pre-field trip workshop with Pulitzer Center staff will introduce content that students will need to understand the segments, and visual storytelling skills that students will use to analyze how the films were produced. After the field trip, Center staff and a Newshour journalist will lead a post-field trip workshop that guides students in using what they learned about visual storytelling to create storyboards for original films that communicate what they learned about Russia and Yemen to their communities.
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Technology, Arts, Diversity
Grades: 6-8th
Learning Standards: ART standards: experiment with multiple approaches to produce content and components, utilize a range of associated principles, such as point of view and perspective CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.3 Delineate a speaker's argument and specific claims, evaluating the
Location: WETA Studios and PBS Newshour studio, 3939 Campbell Ave, Arlington, VA 22206
Dates: Tuesday, 2/13,Thursday 2/15, Tuesday, 3/6 or Thursday, 3/8.
Time: 10:00 AM
Duration: 2 Hours
Capacity: 35

Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater” screening and visual storytelling workshops feat. USA Today filmmakers Steve Elfers and Ian James
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 

“Pumped Dry” is an award-winning, 65-minute film produced for USA TODAY that investigates the causes and human impacts of groundwater depletion in India, Morocco, Peru and the United States. Scheduled the week of World Water Day, this screening will use the film to introduce students to how farmers all over the world have been affected by groundwater loss while also modeling how journalists at major news publications create documentaries that balance personal narratives with research. Immediately after the screening, students will connect directly with journalists Steve Elfers and Ian James to discuss how the film was researched and produced. Classes attending this screening will also participate in a pre-screening workshop with Pulitzer Center staff and post-screening workshop with the film’s producer Steve Elfers to explore visual storytelling skills. Post-screening workshops will result in students designing storyboards for short documentaries that visualize local connections to the the film’s themes.
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, World Languages/Global Studies, Technology, Arts, Diversity
Grades: 6-8th
Learning Standards: ART standards: planning and structure, sketching, improvising and brainstorming CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.7 Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.8.8 Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.3 Delineate a speaker's
Location: USA Today; 7950 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA 22102
Date: 03/18/2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Duration: 2.5 Hours
Capactiy: 40 

These trips are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Circus Without Borders: Documentary Filmmaking for Community Dialogue
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Students will attend a screening of Circus Without Borders, a feature-length documentary film exploring how impoverished communities in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea are using circus to combat apathy and depression amongst their youth, at a local independent movie theater. The film is independently screening at international film festivals and models how a filmmaker adapted a short reporting project into a feature length, character-driven story. The screening will start and conclude with short exercises that introduce students to film analysis skills. Students will also connect with the film's director and two of the film's subjects.
Date: September 18th
Time: 10am
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Theatre, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film, Media Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, Technology, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 6th - 8th Grade
Ticket capacity: 400  

The Art of the Explainer: A field trip to VOX Media and visual storytelling workshops with documentary filmmakers
Students will visit the DC offices at Vox news to explore how one of the country's youngest, and most visited, digital news sites produces short films that communicate global news stories to diverse audiences. They will meet with staff editors, view short films produced for Vox and tour the Vox offices. As part of a pre-field trip workshop, they will work with Pulitzer Center's education team to examine how Vox journalists compose short films to engage audiences in global stories. They will then apply those strategies to the development of storyboards for short films explaining an important issue from their communities as part of a post-field trip workshop.
Date: 11/13/19
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 90 min
Location: Vox Media
Discipline: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Science, Arts
Curriculum Connections: Link
Grades: 6th - 8th Grade

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