”As someone interested in doing more reporting from conflict zones… the symposium helped frame the work in its fullest form and offer useful direction for the gaps that more journalists could fill.”
Our first symposium in April, 2018, drew over 400 leading journalists, peacebuilders, thought leaders and funders to the New York Times Center. The daylong Symposium put storytelling about peace efforts front and center in order to challenge the prevailing narrative about how the world deals with conflict. One critical element in the program was the focus on gender issues in peacebuilding, how the news media portrays the role of women, often ignoring the positive impact when women participate actively in the peacebuilding process. Our primary goal was to encourage greater reporting on peace efforts, diplomacy and nonviolent resistance around the world and to inspire a wider range of approaches to conflict reporting.
The power of the inaugural event is that it started an important and fascinating conversation about peace and conflict, and how we talk about them in news reports and the global media. We want to continue the conversation that we started that day. This 90-second video previews what we hope will become a global conversation.
2018 Pitching For Peace
A Competition for Journalists
War Stories Peace Stories, in partnership with the Pulitzer Center, invited 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 Pulitzer Center funding. The level of support awarded varied between $5,000 and $20,000, based on travel and related costs associated with each project. All three winners presented their pitches live to a panel of judges at the War Stories Peace Stories Symposium on April 11, 2018, at the Times Center in New York City. One journalist was selected for an additional $5,000 award.
“You don’t have to carry a gun to be a hero, peacebuilders often face danger in their efforts to reduce violence,” said Jamil Simon, Executive Director of War Stories Peace Stories. “With this pitch competition, we’re hoping to inspire journalists to seek out stories that focus on peacebuilding and nonviolent resistance in conflict areas.”
“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,” said Jon Sawyer, Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center. “Our partnership with the War Stories Peace Stories team furthers our own commitment to promoting great journalism via innovative collaborations.”