Pitching for Peace Competition Attracts Two Hundred “Peace” Story Ideas

The Pitching for Peace journalism competition sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting received more than 200 extraordinary entries. Three finalists will pitch live at the War Stories Peace Stories Symposium on April 11. 2018.


If you could travel anywhere in the world and document an under-reported peace effort, where would you go? What would you produce? And why?

These are the questions we posed to emerging and established journalists when we launched Pitching For Peace: a competition sponsored by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. We challenged journalists from any platform to pitch their most original story ideas for international reporting projects that focus on peace or different approaches to conflict reporting.

The Pulitzer Center will award grants (ranging from $5,000 to $20,000) to the three winning proposals. The journalists will present their pitches at the War Stories Peace Stories symposium in New York on April 11. They will pitch their stories to a live audience and a panel of judges. Judges include Kem Sawyer (Pulitzer Center), Hayes Brown (Buzzfeed), Rhitu Chatterjee (NPR), and Yochi Dreazen (Vox.) One of the three winners will receive an additional $5,000 award from the Pulitzer Center.

We received 202 applications from 60 countries—every one of them had an idea for telling a different kind of conflict story. “We’ve been amazed by the the number of entries, the diversity of regions and topics, and the incredible creativity the applicants showed in pitching their stories,” said the Pulitzer Center’s Kem Sawyer. “We’re excited to hear the best pitches live on April 11 in New York.”

PHOTO: Nguyen Ngoc Chinh