Thailand: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (2009)

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In August 2009, Guzder received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to cover Thailand’s sex tourism industry.  The print articles appeared in  Time Magazine, IRIN, Global Post, Reuters AlertNet, and pending in Ms. Magazine.

Guzder was interviewed on Oct. 26, 2009 by  ”Bread and Roses”, KBOO 90.7 FM Community Radio, about her reporting in Thailand: “Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative non-profit leader in supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less willing to undertake. The Center focuses on under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences.

The Pulitzer Center is a bold initiative, in keeping with its deep ties to the family whose name for more than a century has been a watchword for journalistic independence, integrity, and courage.

When Joseph Pulitzer III became editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch a half century ago, he paid tribute to that legacy. “Not only will we report the day’s news,” he said, “but we will illuminate dark places and, with a deep sense of responsibility, interpret these troubled times.” The Pulitzer Center is driven by that same mission and deep sense of responsibility, in times just as troubled. Jon Sawyer, the Pulitzer Center’s founding director, is a former Washington bureau chief for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He has reported from five dozen countries around the world and is a three-time winner of the National Press Club prize for best foreign correspondence.

The Pulitzer Center welcomes proposals for enterprising reporting projects throughout the world with an emphasis on issues that are under-reported, mis-reported, or not reported on at all. Our model incorporates:

• A collaborative approach that cuts across all aspects of our work – from working with journalists and major media editors to individuals and organizations from the fields we cover to those we hope will benefit from the information we report.

Public television’s Foreign Exchange, a weekly platform for the Pulitzer Center’s video documentaries that reaches 60 percent of the U.S. market.

Global Gateway, an education initiative that targets high schools and college campuses. Through interactive website features, detailed lesson plans, and in-person contact with journalists we engage the next generation on pressing international issues and encourage them to think critically about their roles – and their country’s role – in the world.

Untold Stories, a website segment that features dispatches from our journalists while they are still in the field and after they return. These weblogs allow journalists to convey their observations and photos immediately to the public.

Citizen Engagement. The Pulitzer Center partnered with YouTube and Sony/Intel to create Project:Report, a video reporting contest that marries Pulitzer’s journalism standards with YouTube’s vast audience. The Center has partnered with Helium.com on a similar venture, the Global Issues/Citizen Voices contest, to engage Helium’s community of writers with Pulitzer’s reporting projects.

Interactive multimedia. Heroes of HIV: HIV in the Caribbean and HOPE: Living and Loving with HIV in Jamaica weave elements from reporting projects (print, video, photography, poetry and music) into interactive narratives that provide an engaging, flexible way to navigate through a wealth of material.

At a time of dwindling audience for traditional news outlets the Pulitzer Center bridges traditional and new media and engages the public across as many platforms and at as many levels as possible – from print and broadcast outlets to face-to-face community discussion and interactive web-based technology. Pulitzer Center projects – stories that without Pulitzer Center support would have gone untold – have been featured in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Economist, Newsweek International, The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, The Virginia Quarterly Review, The National Interest, Mother Jones, Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Times, al Jazeera English, Democracy Now!, NPR, C-SPAN, PBS, Link TV and across the internet. At the same time, the Pulitzer Center aims to seize opportunities for cutting-edge reporting, working with the interactive web design team at bluecadet interactive, colleagues at YouTube and Witness and collaborators as diverse as the Knight Center for International Media and Helium.com.

The Pulitzer Center functions as an independent division of the World Security Institute, itself a leader in the sponsorship of independent journalism and scholarship. The Pulitzer Center has a budget, board of trustees and advisory council independent of and separate from the World Security Institute, which acts as our fiscal sponsor.

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Copyright © 2009 Journalist Deena Guzder
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