NEWS: Pulitzer Center visits campus, grants student fellowship

by Rubab Anwar, Staff Writer


Photo courtesy of the Pulitzer Center

Award-winning photojournalist Misha Friedman (pictured above) from the Pulitzer Center visits City Colleges April 5-6, with his Thursday appearance focused on Truman College to discuss his work and the Center’s award of a journalism travel-fellowship to one Truman student.

The Reading Center, in partnership with Pulitzer, helped bring Friedman, who has traveled the word documenting stories in South Africa, Russia and Ukraine through the lens of his camera. His work appears in the e-book “To End Aids”, which illustrates the frail body of a 60-year-old woman suffering from HIV and tuberculosis wearing a corset and supporting herself with a cane in Cape Town. This woman is only one among the many in Friedman’s “The Grip of HIV and Tuberculosis in South Africa: Portraits of Survivors and Those Who Are Gone.”

The Reading Center’s professor Gail Gordon-Allen mentioned their “News Literacy Café,” which helps students “accept, digest (and) express” content, because “reading goes deeper.” The professor participated with the Center and a special committee to arrange for Thursday’s journalism discussion that also features awards for semi-finalists and the winner of a first-ever fellowship open only to a Truman student to travel abroad and work on a journalism project through Pulitzer.

Gordon-Allen said that instructors are welcome to bring their students to one of Friedman’s presentations on April 6 (11:00 a.m.-12:20 p.m. and 12:30 p.m-1:15 p.m.) at the O’Rourke Theatre. Fellowship awards follow. Email Laura Cheatham at for more information.


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