Ben Taub

Ben Taub, a contributor to The New Yorker, visited Flagler College on Oct. 24.
He gave a moving account of his coverage of migration in Africa.
Taub’s project, “We Have No Choice,” traces the journey of Blessing, a trafficked Nigerian girl who travels across the Mediterranean.
Taub completed that project and another about Syrian war crimes with support from the Pulitzer Center.
Taub’s reporting has won several major awards, including the Overseas Press Club Award for Investigative Reporting, the Livingston Award for International Reporting and the Robert F. Kennedy Award for International Print reporting.
The American Society of Magazine Editors also gave Taub its Next Award for Journalists Under 30.

See photo gallery from his visit to Flagler College.

We have a winner!

The Pulitzer Center has awarded a reporting grant to Flagler College junior Jessie Rowan, who plans to investigate the Type I diabetes crisis in Costa Rica.
Rowan, 21, was one of five finalists for the award. The four other finalists were Kathryn Ascher, Danielle Gellerman, Katherine Keithly and Katherine Lewin.
Flagler College is a member of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium, which awarded reporting grants to 31 students in 2016.
Rowan, who is majoring in journalism, is the first Flagler College student to receive a Pulitzer grant. Her project will follow the struggle of Costa Rican children whose families can’t afford or find medical supplies to treat diabetes.
The Pulitzer Center, based in Washington, D.C., is an award-winning non-profit organization that supports journalists who cover underreported issues around the world.

And then there were five

Gimme five

The list of Flagler College students who are in the running for a Pulitzer Center grant this semester has been narrowed from 15 to five. Those five are:

  • Kathryn Ascher
  • Danielle Gellerman
  • Katherine Keithly
  • Katherine Lewin
  • Jesse Rowan

The winner is expected to be announced by the month’s end.

Searching for stories, finding camaraderie

Tracey Eaton

I was thrilled when the Pulitzer Center awarded me a grant in 2010 to report on a project called, “Cuba: The Battle for Hearts and Minds.”
As an independent journalist, I couldn’t have done the project without help and so the support was crucial. I received a second grant in 2015.
What gave a warm feeling inside was the fact that someone thought that 1) my story ideas were worth pursuing and 2) I was the one to do them.
The Pulitzer Center staff has been great – professional, smart and sincere.
I can identify with photographer Tomas van Houtryve, who described his Pulitzer Center experiences during the organization’s 10th anniversary dinner in October 2016:

Like many of the other freelancers here tonight, I initially came knocking on the doors of the Pulitzer Center for money. But, ultimately, I’m proud to say, what keeps me coming back is trust, admiration and friendship.

The Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium gives college students the chance to experience the same sense of camaraderie.