Pulitzer Center project "Burmese Brides along the Chinese Border" by Lusha Chen, COM '13, reports the human trafficking dilemma in Kachin, Burma. In addition to Kachin's proximity to China, large-scale displacement, lack of refugee protection, shortages of humanitarian aid, and easy access to national boundaries have fueled widespread human trafficking.

Program on Crisis Response and Reporting

Who We Are

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 story telling. The partnership combines the expertise of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. and the Boston University College of Communication, School of Public Health, and Center for Global Health & Development. Our goal is to explore how journalism and public health complement one another—but also frequently collide. We seek to establish and encourage an ongoing conversation between reporters and public health responders about how we can better work together.

Last summer, eight students from Boston University traveled to Kenya to work in teams with Kenyan students to create high quality productions, video, photography, audio, text–and even music and games–that capture the compelling stories of aid from a local perspective. See their work.

Current Opportunities

This application requires:

  • Transcript
  • Resumé
  • 1 or 2 writing samples
  • 250-word statement on experience and interest in global health reporting
  • 250-word statement on a story idea that focuses on an underreported public health issue, including expansion on a Pulitzer Center reporting topic
  • References

Apply here

Examples of Pulitzer Center Public Health Reporting Projects

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting International Fellowship

During the summer of 2014, two students will have the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C., at the Pulitzer Center headquarters and to travel internationally (likely to a developing country) on a 2-3 week reporting trip mentored by professional journalists.

Qualifications: Open to Boston University students in COM or SPH who have documented experience in both public health and journalism. This experience can be demonstrated through course work and instructor recommendations. Preference will be given to students who meet these criteria:

COM Student Eligibility:
  • Graduate and upper-class undergraduate students from the Departments of Journalism, Documentary Film, and Public Relations
  • Enrolled in or already completed PH510 or PH511 on the Charles River Campus or a class at SPH Or demonstrated interest in/and or experience in global health or allied fields
SPH Student Eligibility:
  • Current student enrolled in any SPH concentration
  • Enrolled in or already completed a class in the Department of Journalism or some other documented experience with reporting

Funding Available: Approximately $5,000 will be available per student to be used toward each Fellow’s international reporting trip to cover transportation, lodging and related hard costs, and toward living expenses in Washington, D.C.

Timing: Between May and August 2014, approximately.

Selection Process: Applications will be vetted by faculty from COM, SPH, CGHD and the Pulitzer Center. The student must demonstrate interest in and a working knowledge of the principals of both global health and journalism. Previous international experience will be prioritized.

For Further Information: Contact Anne Donohue in COM or Jennifer Beard in SPH

Application Deadline: March 18, 2014. Decision announced by end of March.

Deadline: March 18, 2014

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Jennifer Beard

Assistant Professor, International Health

Prof. Anne Donahue

Anne Donohue

Associate Professor, Journalism

Prof. Elizabeth Mehren

Elizabeth Mehren

Professor, Journalism


Monica Onyango

Clinical Assistant Professor, International Health