The Pulitzer Center offers free, virtual journalist visits to K–12 students and educators. We work with journalists who use photography, video, writing, and more to cover diverse topics and geographic regions for outlets around the globe.

About the program

Virtual visits are interactive, online presentations with journalists who have received Pulitzer Center reporting grants. Journalists can discuss the issues explored in their reporting projects, careers in the journalism industry, or journalism skills (ex. writing , interviewing, photojournalism, etc.).

We offer virtual visits for free to K-12 classrooms and programs to cultivate a more curious, informed, empathetic, and engaged public by connecting teachers and students with underreported global news stories and the journalists who cover them.

Why schedule a journalist visit for your classroom?

Virtual journalist visits are a great way to help students...

  • Connect classroom learning goals with current events
  • Explore how journalists apply research, writing, critical thinking, multimedia, empathy, and other skills
  • Prepare and ask questions of an expert
  • Get excited about using news and exercising media literacy to learn about the world
  • And much more!

"The experience of connecting with professional journalists is invaluable to young students as it models for them the application of the skills they learn about in the classroom. Further, it is vital we honor journalists and their craft, especially because of the times we live in."

6th-grade teacher in Bloomfield Hills, MI

How do I schedule a virtual journalist visit for my class?

  1. Click on the form below to tell us about your class, goals, preferred visit topics or themes, and meeting times. Please allow for at least two weeks between your request and the first preferred date for your virtual journalist visit. 
  2. After receiving your request, a Pulitzer Center staff member will contact you to suggest potential guest speakers and determine your top choices. Due to journalist availability, we cannot always guarantee a specific journalist, but will work with you to identify a strong speaker for your class.
  3. Once a journalist is confirmed for the virtual visit, we will follow up to confirm the visit platform and share pre-visit resources for students.

Use the form below to request a visit, and a member of our education team will be in touch with you shortly!

Frequently Asked Questions

For  any additional questions, please email education@pulitzercenter.org.

What is the Pulitzer Center? Who are the journalists with whom you work?

The Pulitzer Center is a nonprofit journalism and education organization in Washington, D.C. As a grant-making journalism and education organization, we partner with individual journalists and news organizations to support in-depth, high-impact reporting. We offer a variety of grants to support reporting projects on underreported stories. 

After Pulitzer Center grantees publish their projects, we can invite them into classrooms to share their work with K-12 students. Explore a sample list of grantees here.

What should I expect during the visit? How long are virtual visits?

Virtual visits are up to an hour long, though they can be shorter, depending on your class times, and we recommend at least 40 minutes. The virtual visit includes time for journalists to discuss their background, share their reporting, and engage in a Q&A with students. 

We strive for virtual visits to feel conversational and we encourage students to participate with questions and comments. A Pulitzer Center staff member also joins these visits to facilitate and share an introduction to media literacy and underreported stories.

Is there a cost associated with these virtual visits?

The virtual journalist visit program is free to K-12 schools. However, we ask that teachers have all students complete two surveys, and that the teacher completes an evaluation as well.  

While we do pay an honorarium to each journalist per class engagement, our hope is that we are bringing a service to K-12 schools, education programs, and youth carceral facilities that might not otherwise have the resources to invite guest speakers. 

Some schools generously offer to cover the cost of these visits if they are able to support them in their budgets. In those cases, we will process an invoice after the event and pay the journalists directly.

This program is made possible by our incredible community of donors and foundations. To support this work or to learn more about donating to the Pulitzer Center, click here!

How should my students prepare for the virtual visit beforehand?

Based on your speaker, we might encourage you to share the journalist’s biography and project page, or other bespoke resources, ahead of time. Another great way for students to prepare is brainstorming questions in advance. 

Ahead of your visit, we also send pre-visit surveys for students to complete. Following their time with the journalist, we will send a post-visit survey to see what they learned!

How can my students stay engaged with global issues after the virtual visit?

After your visit, we ask that all students and educators complete a post-visit survey to share takeaways and feedback. 

We invite you to explore some of our other programs, such as:

Annual student writing contests and workshops

Standards-aligned lesson plans on various global issues

The Journalist’s Toolbox, video resources, and lessons on journalism skills

And more!

Please join our weekly K-12 education newsletter to stay up to date on programs, resources, and events!

What if I have multiple classes or sections?

Depending on scheduling and request volume, it may or may not be possible to accommodate multiple sessions (maximum of three visits per semester). We thank you for your understanding as we aim to provide many schools with the opportunity to meet with journalists. 

We have seen many educator partners successfully combine multiple classes for one meeting time, or record a meeting to share with other students afterward. 

What meeting platforms do you use?

Virtual visits allow classrooms to connect with journalists around the world and across time zones. We organize our virtual visits through online platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams, and we will coordinate logistics with you. Students can either join from their own devices or from within one classroom as a group. 

I work with learners in carceral facilities/adult learners/students in an after-school program. Can I still request a visit?

Yes! We support virtual visits with K-12 classrooms and school libraries, programs for incarcerated youths and adults, and after-school programs for students. We have also previously supported high school equivalency adult education and English language learner programs. We invite you to share more about your learning community in the request form.  

NOTE: If you work with college and university students, please contact outreach@pulitzercenter.org for more information about this separate process. 

Can I request a visit in other languages?

Most virtual visits are conducted in English, but we have also supported several visits in Spanish, including for native speakers and non-native learners of Spanish. For every virtual visit, we also ask if your students require any accommodations, including for language and pacing. In Zoom meetings, for example, we can enable live transcription. 

I teach at a school outside the U.S. Can I still request a visit?

While the majority of schools we work with are within the United States, we also support schools around the globe! For the synchronous virtual visit program, we are able to coordinate virtual visits that fall within 9:00am-6:30pm Eastern Standard Time (last visits starting at 5:30pm EST). 

For asynchronous resources that you can access any time, we recommend:

Webinars On-Demand, with over 100 recorded journalist presentations

The Journalist’s Toolbox, video resources, and lessons on journalism skills

Standards-aligned lesson plans on various global issues

Annual student writing contests

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