Pulitzer Center Coronavirus News Collaboration Challenge

Deadline: rolling basis
Open to: all newsrooms and independent journalists of all nationalities and regions of the world
Benefits: budget ranging from USD 5,000 to USD 10,000 depending on the project


The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, a non-profit organization that supports independent global journalism, is seeking proposals that develop innovative approaches to reporting on the novel coronavirus crisis using collaboration among journalists and newsrooms across state lines or national borders. The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting encourages proposals that:

  • Focus on systemic, under-reported issues underlying the coronavirus crisis
  • Use data-driven and/or interdisciplinary approaches to reporting on coronavirus
  • Hold the powerful accountable


Journalists from all over the world are eligible to apply. The Pulitzer Center is open to proposals from groups of freelance journalists working together and groups of newsrooms collaborating on a project. People from many backgrounds and perspectives are empowered to report on the coronavirus crisis. Journalists from various social, racial, ethnic, underrepresented groups and economic backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Journalists/team members who are in the employ of newsrooms or are being paid by a publisher shouldn’t be included in your proposal budget, but costs of contractors (data researchers or data visualization/story designers) can be included within the budget proposal.


There will be no budget range for funding these projects, but most awards for their international reporting/travel program are between USD 5,000 and USD 10,000 but it can be more or less depending on circumstances. News organizations are expected to pay freelance journalists for their work, though in exceptional cases, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting may consider stipends to cover a reporter’s time if provided in the budget with an explanation.

How to Apply?

For more details on the application process and details about the opportunity, please visit the official website.