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Iowa: Students Selected for Pulitzer Center Reporting Program

Two University of Iowa students have been selected by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to join the 2019 cohort of 43 student reporting fellows.

University of Iowa College of Public Health student Ms. Madison Stewart will travel to Costa Rica to examine banana production, focusing on the agricultural workforce that makes it one of the world’s leading exporters of bananas. Stewart is pursuing a master of science degree in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health. She is an agricultural safety and health trainee in the Heartland Center for Occupational Health and Safety.

Ms. Katelyn Weisbrod, a bachelor’s student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, will travel to India to cover how Alleppey city leaders in Kerala are dealing with a waste management system rendered inefficient due to the effects of climate change. Ms. Weisbrod also is pursuing a degree in environmental sciences with a certificate in sustainability.

Participants in the 2019 Pulitzer Center reporting program will travel to 29 countries across the globe to shed light on critical challenges. They will investigate underreported stories related to the environment, global health, culture and identity, immigration and forced displacement, systems of economic and political power, and religion.

The Pulitzer Center program is available to students at its Campus Consortium partners — including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, state universities, historically black colleges and universities, and graduate schools of journalism and public health in the U.S., Canada, and Qatar. Each student is paired with an adviser — a Pulitzer Center grantee with special expertise in the student’s topic.

Student reporting projects will be featured on the Pulitzer Center website.