Staffs of The Arizona Republic and USA Today Network won a 2018 Pulitzer for Explanatory Reporting "for vivid and timely reporting that masterfully combined text, video, podcasts and virtual reality to examine, from multiple perspectives, the difficulties and unintended consequences of fulfilling President Trump's pledge to construct a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico."
The Pulitzer Prize Series at Middle Tennessee State University will present a discussion with journalists who helped produce "The Wall," which examined the difficulties and consequences of constructing a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
The project won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Judges described the project as "vivid and timely reporting that masterfully combined text, video, podcasts and virtual reality..."
The Wednesday, Oct. 3, event on MTSU's campus is sponsored by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies within the College of Media and Entertainment. It will be 11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the Parliamentary Room in the Student Union Building.
Reporter Laura Gomez, project manager Annette Meade, and interactive graphics editor Mitchell Thorson will talk about what was learned in the project and the reporting process in a free event open to the public on Wednesday. The trio will also present the project as part of the Seigenthaler Series Tuesday evening, Oct. 2, at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville.
For more information, contact Deborah Fisher, director of the Seigenthaler Chair, at email@example.com.
Previous speakers in MTSU's Pulitzer series have included New York Times war reporter C. J. Chivers for "The Fighter;" Eric Eyre of the Charleston (W.V.) Gazette-Mail for investigative reporting on the opioid crisis; David Fallis, deputy investigative editor of The Washington Post for a project on police shootings and Bill Adair, founder of PolitiFact.
The Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies was created in 1986 to honor John Seigenthaler, longtime editor and publisher of The Tennessean and founder of the the First Amendment Center. The chair's ongoing projects include immersion programs for journalism students to gain experience in the field; the online First Amendment Encyclopedia; the Pulitzer series; and other programming related to journalism and the First Amendment.