This semester, I am taking a class in conjunction with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Throughout the semester, my fellow classmates and I will be working on different project topics and story ideas to present to the Pulitzer Center in hopes of being awarded a small grant and getting to go to an innovative story somewhere around the world.
This is going to be an exciting class for me because I have always had a love for journalism, travel, and helping those in crisis situations. While I am not well traveled (yet, one day), I can already tell this class is opening my eyes to worldly issues that I am not aware of. Even though this class only meets once a week, I know I will gain more knowledge and understanding through our discussions of these topics than I could just reading about them online.
For my grant project, I will be researching Haiti and their policies on women’s reproductive health and population control. My freshman year I read a book entitled “Reproducing Inequities: Poverty and the Politics of Population in Haiti”. This book really opened my eyes to how the people of Cité Soleil, Port-au-Prince, Haiti lived and what those conditions are like. This book also delved into cultural practices of boys becoming men and how women are treated because of these practices, thus contributing to the overpopulation of Cité Soleil.
Throughout the semester I will be diving deep into research on this topic in hopes to open others eyes on this widespread and unknown issue in Haiti. I will be making weekly updates here not only on my Pulitzer class, but my job hunt as well because graduation is upon us in 98 days!!!
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