Pitching for Peace
A Competition for Journalists
War Stories Peace Stories and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Partner to Offer Journalism Grants for Peace Reporting in International Conflict Areas
What We’re Looking For
We seek pitches that illuminate peace efforts, nonviolent resistance, and reconciliation in areas of international conflict or extremism. We’re interested in stories that capture the drama of peace negotiations, nonviolent protest and resistance, or community efforts to prevent violence and preserve peace. We’re looking for stories that help us understand nonviolent solutions to conflict, of ordinary people and communities working for peace in high-conflict areas, of emerging leaders attempting to realize their vision for peace. We’re also looking for stories that will capture the imagination of editors at leading news outlets—and of the audiences they serve.
We encourage journalists to go beyond traditional conflict reporting and to consider telling the stories of conflict in ways that speak to peace. We want to be surprised. We want to understand options other than war. We want stories that help policymakers think about responses to conflict in new ways. What are the hidden costs of conflict? Whose voice or perspective is missing from the way the conflict is framed? What will it take for peace to be achieved or sustained?
Projects may combine print, photography, radio/audio or video. We encourage applicants to apply as teams.
Pitching for Peace is open to journalists of any nationality. Writers, photographers, radio and podcast producers and filmmakers— staff journalists as well as freelancers— are eligible to apply. All application documents must be written in English. Members of the WSPS advisory board and production team are not eligible to apply.
Applications are due March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm EST and must be submitted online. Three finalists will be announced on March 20. Awards will be announced live at the April 11, 2018 WSPS Symposium.
If your project proposal involves reporting in a hostile or dangerous environment, we require that you and your potential outlets adhere strictly to the ACOS Alliance principles outlined here. Freelancers who plan to report from conflict zones or hostile environments must have a firm assignment, prior to travel, from a news organization that will assume full responsibility for their well-being.
Your pitch must include a credible plan for broad dissemination of the resulting work in U.S. and/or European news media (print and/or broadcast). Applicants should be able to demonstrate interest from editors and/or producers working in wide-reaching U.S. and/or European news media outlets. The credibility of a distribution plan is generally most evident in an applicant’s track record working with the listed outlets. Letters from editors and/or producers who have worked with you in the past, and are interested in working with you again, are encouraged.
All submissions will be reviewed first by the editorial team at thePulitzer Center. This team will select 10-15 proposals for further consideration by judges selected by War Stories Peace Stories and the Pulitzer Center. Three winners will then be selected to pitch their projects live to the judges during a featured panel at the April 11 Symposium in NYC. The judges will also announce the winner of the additional $5,000 award at the conclusion of the symposium.
Live Pitch Event
Winners are expected to participate in the live pitch that is part of the WSPS Symposium and will be provided a stipend for travel expenses for the April 11, 2018 event.
Three winners will receive a grants of $5,000–$20,000 to fund the development of their story (with amount dependent on budget for travel and related costs submitted to the Pulitzer Center). Each award will be given in two payments: the first half will be awarded by April 30, 2018, with the second half of the grant paid on evidence of publication of a finished project in accordance with the original proposal. The second half of the grants is not guaranteed if projects are not completed in a timely fashion. An additional award of $5,000, designated for one of the three winners, will be announced at the Symposium.
March 1, 2018 11:59 pm EST
March 20, 2018
Three winners announced
April 11, 2018
Live pitch and awards presented