Journalism

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. There is a symbiotic relationship between journalists and health workers. In crises, health workers need journalists to communicate accurate news to the appropriate audiences and journalists need health workers to provide them with news and opportunity to learn about the issues of concern. By building a stronger collaboration between the two professions, we hope to provide more accurate reporting, and increase awareness about global health topics.

Current Opportunities

This application requires:

  • Transcript
  • Resumé
  • 1 or 2 brief writing samples or link(s) to published work
  • 250-word statement on experience and interest in global health reporting
  • 250-word statement on a story idea that might expand upon a Pulitzer Center reporting topic
  • References

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Examples of Pulitzer Center Public Health Reporting Projects

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Global Health Reporting Internship Opportunity

The BU Center for Global Health and Development (CGHD), School of Public Health (SPH), and the College of Communication (COM) have an ongoing partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting (http://pulitzercenter.org/). The goal of this collaboration is to exchange knowledge and resources on global health and crisis reporting with the ultimate objective of providing BU students in SPH and COM with the opportunity to hone their global health and crisis reporting skills under close mentorship from Pulitzer Center journalists. During the summer of 2015, 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.

Deliverables: Students selected for this internship will be expected to work with Pulitzer Center headquarters staff for 2-4 weeks in Washington, D.C., and travel to the field mentored by Pulitzer Center journalists to research and write a narrative feature article or create a multimedia production, and maintain a global health reporting blog. View work by previous BU students who have worked with the Pulitzer Center.

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: One student from COM and one from SPH will be selected for the 2015 program. 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 2015

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, 2015. Decision announced late March.

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.

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Faculty

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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

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Monica Onyango

Clinical Assistant Professor, International Health