Pulitzer Center Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge 2020 for Journalists worldwide

Pulitzer Center Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge 2020 for Journalists worldwide

Deadline: On Rolling Basis

Applications are open for the Pulitzer Center Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge 2020. The challenge is seeking proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders.

At a time of scarce media resources, the coronavirus story challenges newsrooms to find creative ways to bring accurate, compelling, and timely information to their readers. They are eager for proposals that break traditional notions of scooping and competition and instead use the power of sharing and collaboration to increase reporting capacity and expand the reach and impact of stories.

They are seeking strong proposals that involve a strategic and concerted effort by multiple journalists and/or newsrooms to pursue a reporting project together, leveraging resources, expertise, and publication platforms.


  • They do not have budget range for these awards and they are open to supporting multiple projects in 2020. For comparison, most awards for Pulitzer Center’s international reporting/travel program are between $5,000 and $10,000, but may be more or less depending on circumstances.


  • Open to journalists of all nationalities and regions of the world. 
  • They are open to proposals from groups of freelance journalists working together and groups of newsrooms collaborating on a project. They want to make sure that people from many backgrounds and perspectives are empowered to report on the coronavirus crisis.
  • They strongly encourage proposals from journalists and newsrooms that represent a broad array of social, racial, ethnic, underrepresented groups, and economic backgrounds.


To apply, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • A description of the proposed project, including distribution/publication plan. No more than 250 words.
  • Methodology: Please describe your approach to collaborating with other journalists/newsrooms on coronavirus reporting. Include: who has agreed to take part in the collaboration; who will coordinate the effort; what resources will be shared across teams/newsrooms; what outputs are expected; timeline.
  • A preliminary budget estimate, including a basic breakdown of costs.  Include travel costs, software, coordination, data work. Please do not include stipends for journalists/team members who are in the employ of newsrooms or are being paid by a publisher. If you are a journalist collaborating with a data analyst and/or data visual specialist you may include consultant fees in your budget.
  • Three examples (links) of published work by you (or someone your project team.) For example: journalistic collaborations that you, your newsroom or partners in this project have been part of. 
  • Three professional references. These can be either contact information or letters of recommendation.
  • A copy of your resume or curriculum vitae.

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