2018 Inaugural Symposium
Our inaugural symposium at the New York Times Center in 2018 explored critical issues related to covering Peace and Conflict.
War Stories Peace Stories: Peace, Conflict & the Media was our first ever international symposium and drew over 400 leading journalists, peacebuilders, thought leaders and funders to the New York Times Center in New York. The daylong symposium placed storytelling about peace efforts front and center in order to challenge the prevailing narrative about how the world deals with conflict.
2018 Pitching For Peace
A Competition for Journalists
At the inaugural event in 2018, the War Stories Peace Stories project partnered with the Pulitzer Center, to invite journalists working from any platform to pitch a project focused on an underreported nonviolent response or peace effort in an international conflict area. Three projects were selected for funding from Pulitzer Center. The grants ranged between $5,000 and $20,000, based on travel and related costs associated with each project. The resulting stories were excellent, and all were published in mainstream news media.
We plan to recreate the Pitching for Peace program in collaboration with our university partner and a foundation. We’d like to announce the winners at the 2023 WSPS Symposium in Washington DC. These stories will prove that you don’t have to carry a gun to be a hero.
At the inaugural event, Jon Sawyer, Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center said “We’re excited for journalists to pitch their ideas in this forum, and we believe it will inspire others to approach conflict reporting in different ways.”