Tag Archives: Pulitzer

Ethical questions raised by photojournalist’s child sacrifice story

The story in the headline refers to Marco Vernaschi’s Pulitzer Center-funded project on child sacrifice. The project has generated several reports, including graphic images of child victims, and much criticism of Vernaschi’s reporting methods and ethics in obtaining the images and the role of the Center. His photographing of the exhumed body of one of the victims in particular has sparked debate – read Ben Chesterton’s post here and Roy Greenslade’s piece here for the full background.

The Pulitzer Center released its own statement on the project earlier this week from executive director Jon Sawyer, which is well worth a read in full and makes some interesting points in the challenge of multi-platform publishing and freelance networks of contributors to ethics:

We regret any damage that may have been caused. We intend to continue this project, documenting the phenomenon of child sacrifice, but in so doing we will redouble our efforts to authenticate every claim and to insure the privacy rights of individual victims.

In the course of this project so far we have learned some painful, useful lessons about the ambiguous intersections of freelance journalism, blog posts and articles that are published or broadcast.

The Pulitzer Center has worked with dozens of journalists over the past four years, funding travel and providing initial editorial guidance but then partnering with established newsmedia outlets around the world. This has provided multiple layers of editorial review and control, with the goal of insuring  compliance with the highest editorial standards.

The growth of the Pulitzer Center has resulted in our website becoming a significant outlet itself, especially our Untold Stories blog that features reports from the field by our journalist grantees. Given the increasing prominence of this platform we will be making our own standards more explicit, as a guide to our journalists and guarantee to readers.

Huffington Post: National Enquirer entry accepted for Pulitzer prize

Now confirmed in a story on the National Enquirer’s website (which is playing up, but a cached version is at this link) – the Enquirer has been accepted into the Pulitzer prize competition for its coverage of the John Edwards scandal and for breaking the story of the former Democratic presidential nominee’s affair with a campaign worker, his cover-up of expenses and an investigation into possible “misappropriation” of campaign funds.

“The Pulitzer Board’s decision to give The Enquirer its rightful place in the competition for the award shows the old guard journalists recognize and respect the importance of the investigation by the paper’s reporters, photographers and editors,” writes Emily Miller.

Full story at this link…

YouTube’s videojournalism competition opens for entries

Project:Report, the videojournalism contest for aspiring journalists run by the Pulitzer Center and YouTube, has opened its doors for the second year running.

The competition involves three rounds of video assignments. The first to be submitted before 28 February should “document a single day in the life of a compelling person the world should meet and showcase how that person is making a positive impact in his or her community”.

Ten entrants will be chosen to go through to the second round. Five winners will eventually be selected and each will receive a $10,000 travel fellowship with the Pulitzer Center.