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Support high-quality, in-depth journalism through OCEAN MATTERS, the Pulitzer Center's new environmental series.
Pulitzer Center
Washington, District of Columbia
United States
2 Team Members

With oceans at a crisis point and funding for environmental journalism drying up, we are launching Ocean Matters. The project will ensure that the oceans' under-reported stories get told in media outlets and in classrooms across the world.

We need you to join us in reversing the tide by reading, sharing and supporting in-depth journalism. Your donation—whether at $10, $50 or $10,000—will support the kind of high-quality reporting that can make a difference in the fight for healthy seas.

Why Us? The Pulitzer Center supports compelling in-depth international journalism. We collaborate with journalists, media outlets, schools and NGOs to raise awareness about key issues — from the maternal health crisis and the real costs of extractive industries to our dying oceans. Last year alone, we supported 85 reporting projects on under-reported issues that appeared in major news media outlets worldwide. 

In our work we are driven by the vision of Joseph Pulitzer III, who said, "Not only will we report the day's news, but we will illuminate dark places and, with a deep sense of responsibility, interpret these troubled times."

We are passionate about covering environmental and social issues, and we are diving deep to illuminate what's happening to our oceans.

For examples of ocean-related reporting we've already commissioned: 
—Overfishing in the Sea of Cortez http://bit.ly/seacortez by Dominic Bracco II and Erik Vance
—Environmental and social impacts of the Thai shrimp industry  http://bit.ly/projectshrimp by Jason Motlagh and Steve Sapienza 
—Oil's threat to Ghana's coastal waters http://bit.ly/OilAfrica by Christiane Badgley

There are many more stories to tell—from acidification, to biodiversity loss, to trans-boundary conflicts and more—and we need your help to do it. We will match all donations up to $25,000. With $50,000, we can support at least three in-depth ocean reporting projects, incorporate these projects in a new Ocean Matters Gateway, and bring participating journalists to university and secondary classrooms to discuss their work. These projects will be selected and produced over the next year—and we hope this is just the beginning of what will be a sustained focus on ocean issues.

Donations are tax deductible (minus the gift value) as Pulitzer Center is a registered 501c3All supporters will be recognized on our site. We'll also thank the social media-savvy of you on Twitter through @pulitzercenter. 

Why IndieGoGo?
We're always looking for new ways to ensure that in-depth, international journalism survives. We're hoping we can partner with you and that together we can raise awareness about this critically important issue. We hope you'll be active participants in the Ocean Matters project by letting us know what issues need covering, sharing the reporting, and working with us on outreach events. It's up to all of us to fight for the oceans—and for the quality journalism that informs the actions we take.

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  • $10USD

    Recognition on our project page as a Lede-Level Supporter and oceans of appreciation!

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  • $25USD

    Get an "Ocean Matters" Pulitzer Center Journalist's Notebook (recycled paper, soy ink) and recognition on our project page as a Folio-Level Supporter.

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    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $50USD

    Your choice of one of our three iBooks for download. 1) Voices of Haiti 2) In Search of Home 3) Environmental Photography iBook on China (forthcoming) and recognition on our project page as a Graf-Level Supporter. (See more info about the eBooks at http://bit.ly/PCebooks)

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  • $100USD

    An opportunity to sit in on a Pulitzer Center editorial meeting in-person* or via Skype, as well as recognition on our project page as a Fact-Checker-Level Supporter. *Travel expenses responsibility of the backer.

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  • $250USD

    You'll receive an "Ocean Matters" Pulitzer Center messenger bag made of recycled materials, a notebook and recognition on our website as Enviro-Beat-Level Supporter.

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  • $500USD

    You'll receive a "journalism kit" with our "Ocean Matters" Pulitzer Center messenger bag, our notebook and a Pulitzer Center solar charger for your mobile or tablet, and recognition on our website as Field-Level Supporter.

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  • $2,000USD

    Journalism kit plus a beautiful 20x13 inch print from the Sea of Cortez by award-winning photojournalist and Pulitzer Center grantee Dominic Bracco II (our project image). And recognition on our project page as Fixer-Level Supporter.

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  • $2,100USD

    A week's stay for 1 or 2 people in a beautiful environmentally-friendly writer's retreat studio in the Aran Isles, a rugged island chain off the coast of Ireland. See more information here http://bit.ly/15PsChw (the studio is behind the cottage http://www.aran-isles.com/nadur.php). Travel costs responsibility of backer. Dates will be determined by backer and writer's retreat owner.

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  • $5,000USD

    Journalism kit plus a private dinner for you and 1 guest with Pulitzer Center journalists at the home of founding director Jon Sawyer and contributing editor Kem Sawyer in Washington, D.C.,* as well as an opportunity to sit in on a Pulitzer Center editorial meeting in person* or via Skype, recognition on our project page as Byline-Level Supporter. *Travel to DC is the responsibility of backer.

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  • $10,000USD

    Journalism kit plus the opportunity to spend two full days in the field* with one of our journalists. If you'd rather stay stateside, an exclusive workshop with one of our journalists. And recognition on our project page as Masthead-Level Supporter. *Location and timing at the discretion of the Pulitzer Center, travel expenses the responsibility of the backer. Travel details to be decided by September 2013 based on journalist availability and winner's interests.

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