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Students, Start Planning Your ‘Pulitzer’ Now

Want to be paid to report overseas next summer on a story of your own? 

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One lucky Hunter Journalism student will be able to do just that in 2020. That’s because each year a Hunter student is selected for a summer reporting fellowship from the Pulitzer Center, which then provides $3,000 to cover an under-reported global story from outside the United States.

In 2019, Hunter journalism student Audrey Henson traveled to Japan to report on dementia treatments. The previous year, student Kadia Goba won the grant to report on environmental sustainability issues in Sierra Leone and later had her work published in Pacific Standard magazine. 

And in 2017, journalism student Amy Russo was awarded the fellowship to report on the plight of children refugees arriving in Sweden. Russo’s resulting report was later published in the prestigious journal Foreign Affairs.

Get to work on your project over the holidays, as the deadline to submit your application to Hunter Journalism judges is Feb. 28. 

The Pulitzer Center, a leading journalism organization with deep experience covering global issues, offers the annual fellowship through a campus consortium that includes Hunter College.

The fellowship is designed to encourage students to investigate and illuminate stories that are often overlooked, and offers students the opportunity to work with the Pulitzer Center staff on the project.

In addition, the center hosts an annual fellows weekend in Washington, D.C., to expose students to the work of other fellows, provide an opportunity to network with professional journalists and editors, and further broaden horizons.

Learn more about the program and how to apply, plus explore reporting by other student fellows. You can download the application from the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium website.

Details about the Hunter judging process will be shared at the start of the spring term. Meanwhile, feel free to contact Journalism Program Director Sissel McCarthy at or Journalism Internship Coordinator Adam Glenn at to discuss your proposals.

Our Journalism Concentration & Minor

The Hunter College journalism program is offered as a concentration or a minor within the Department of Film & Media Studies. Its curriculum is built around production courses in journalism and analytical courses in media studies. Learn more about our course requirements.

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