News Literacy Project partners with the Pulitzer Prizes


Our partnership with the Pulitzer Prizes got off to a fine start on April 9 when Dana Canedy, the first woman and first person of color to serve as the prizes’ administrator, joined NLP’s Damaso Reyes for a Virtual Visit with Premium subscribers to our checkology® virtual classroom.

Another Virtual Visit is scheduled for Monday, April 16 (the day of the announcement of the 2018 prizes), with two Pulitzer Prize winners: Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, chair of the Pulitzer Prize board and the winner of the 2009 prize for commentary, and NLP founder and CEO Alan Miller, who won the 2003 national reporting prize as an investigative reporter with the Los Angeles Times. That same day, a group of NLP students will attend the announcement in person and have the opportunity to ask questions at the post-announcement press conference.

Finally, a Virtual Visit in May will feature several of this year’s prize winners, who will be in New York City for the annual Pulitzer luncheon at Columbia University.

“The work NLP is doing to help young people understand the value of news and high-quality information mirrors the Pulitzer Prizes’ dedication to highlighting the best of American journalism,” said Canedy, who spent more than two decades as a reporter and editor at The New York Times and was a lead journalist on the series “How Race Is Lived in America,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001.

In addition, NLP is gaining access to the newly digitized Pulitzer Prize archives and will feature this prize-winning journalism as supplemental lessons in the checkology® virtual classroom. The two organizations will also work closely over the next year to offer in-person opportunities to students in the New York City area, as well as virtual opportunities to NLP’s global network of educators and students using the checkology® virtual classroom.

“NLP is excited to be working so closely with the Pulitzer Prizes and to give access to their archive — and to these unique opportunities — to the students who participate in our program,” Miller said.

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