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Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting fellows named

The Boston University College of Communication (COM), School of Public Health (SPH) and the Center for Global Health & Development have named Sascha Garrey (SPH ’14) and Selin Thomas (COM ’14) recipients of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting fellowships.

The Boston University Program on Crisis Response and Reporting brings journalists and global health specialists together to improve mutual understanding and to promote collaborative global health storytelling. The partnership combines the expertise of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. with COM, SPH and BU’s Center for Global Health & Development.

As Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting fellows, Garrey and Thomas will travel to Washington, D.C. this summer to work at the Pulitzer Center’s headquarters for 2-4 weeks. They will also travel internationally with a Pulitzer Center journalist to research and write a narrative feature article or create a multimedia production on a global health issue.

“Selin Thomas is the total package, said Elizabeth Mehren, COM journalism professor. “She’s strong, determined, a dedicated reporter and a lovely, fluid writer. p.s., she speaks fluent Turkish.”

“Sascha has more energy and enthusiasm than the ever-ready battery bunny. We are thrilled to give her this opportunity to combine her passion for public health and journalism,” said Anne Donohue, associate professor of journalism at COM.

The BU Program on Crisis Response and Reporting is founded on the principle of “One BU,” and as such, we continue to offer exciting international opportunities for SPH and COM students, in addition to developing different pathways for cross-collaboration at BU, with our partners in the US, and those around the world. Students from COM need to take at least one course at SPH, and SPH students need to enroll at COM in order to be eligible for the Pulitzer Fellowship.

Established in 1947, the Boston University College of Communication (COM) specializes in Film and Television, Journalism, and Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. With more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, COM offers a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. COM’s faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely- experienced professionals.

The Center for Global Health & Development (CGHD) at Boston University is a multidisciplinary research center that engages faculty from across the University to help solve the critical global health and social development challenges of our time. The mission of the center is not only to conduct high-quality applied research, but also to advocate for the use of this research to improve the health of underserved populations around the world. Through its collaborative work with scientists worldwide, the CGHD seeks to strengthen individual and institutional capacity to conduct and utilize research.

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