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Covering Global Conflict

Our top priority since Russia invaded Ukraine has been to ensure that our journalist grantees can cover the war as safely and deeply as possible.

Help us continue funding the hard costs of in-depth coverage on the Ukraine invasion—including travel, hostile-environment safety training, and the increased security expenses that arise from reporting in war zones.


"Our extended coverage of Putin’s war in Ukraine on the PBS NewsHour is made possible with the support of the Pulitzer Center. Grateful to them for making this possible."

Jane Ferguson, grantee, PBS NewsHour

Our Response

Our journalist grantees are reporting from Ukraine, Moldova, Poland, and surrounding countries across all media platforms—newspapers, magazines, television, digital—and focusing on the many underreported angles of the invasion. We provide hundreds of grants per year to freelance and staff journalists around the world, and are eager to support more coverage that is conducted as safely as possible on the human impacts of the invasion.

Peace and conflict cuts across nearly all of the work we support—from migration as a cause and a consequence of conflict to the impact of war on women and children, the role of climate change, technology, religion, and racial and social justice. Our model allows us to engage with incipient conflicts before they make the news—and to stay engaged once most news outlets have turned away.

As a nonprofit journalism organization, our work wouldn’t be possible without the support of our readers and donors. Support our sustained, in-depth conflict reporting in Ukraine and surrounding countries by making a gift to the Pulitzer Center today.


Support for freelancers and staff journalists

Pulitzer Center journalists examine the roots of conflict and its connections with underreported global issues, from mass migration to authoritarianism and artificial intelligence. We are eager to fund as much coverage on the Ukraine invasion as possible that is as safe as possible and touches on a broad range of topics.

If you are a journalist or newsroom seeking funding for projects covering the conflict and its impact, or need support due to the increased costs that come with reporting safely from conflict zones, please visit our initiative page, read our Ukraine advisory, and consider submitting a proposal for a Global Reporting Grant.


Illustration by George Butler. Ukraine, 2022.

Ukraine Advisory

Freelancers, please know that if you will be reporting in Ukraine we will need a firm assignment from outlets agreeing to take full responsibility for your safety and well-being. Please review the ACOS principles. You may include Hostile Environment Training in the budget you submit with your proposal, but please be advised, ultimately we are seeking the appropriate balance of experience, safety training, language skills, and reporting project plans and details.

We are also eager to support stories in Ukraine’s neighboring countries, some of which at this point might be safer options for freelancers. Thank you and stay safe.

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Kristina Paleshev, 38, comforts her one-year-old daughter, Maria, at a Ukrainian refugee processing center in Chisinau, Moldova, on March 18, 2022. The family fled the war from their hometown of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, days prior. Image by Michael G. Seamans/USA Today.

Explore Our Reporting

Remembering grantee Brent Renaud, who was killed while reporting in Irpin, Ukraine, in March 2022. Renaud, pictured above with his brother Craig, was working on a project about refugees and migrants at the time of his death.

“The first few weeks of fighting in Ukraine have been a brutal reminder of the dangers journalists face. Countries like Russia have targeted journalists for the simple fact of practicing their craft.”

Jon Sawyer, Pulitzer Center Executive Director

Andre Maygr tries to comfort 16-year-old daughter, Masha, as they say goodbye to each other, possibly for the last time, while Masha and her mother, Luda, wait to load a Team Humanity van to be evacuated from the war sieged city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine, on March 27, 2022. Maygr’s family made it to Chisinau and boarded another bus that night en route to Germany. Image by Michael G. Seamans/USA Today. Ukraine, 2022.

Contextualizing the Crisis in Ukraine

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, casualties have been mounting while over 4 million refugees have crossed the border into neighboring countries. Ukraine, which asserted independence from the USSR in 1991, has been racked by conflict since 2014, when Russia began backing secessionists in eastern Ukraine. Violence between separatists and the Ukrainian military claimed over 10,000 lives and displaced some 1.5 million people even before the current escalation of Russian aggression.

The Pulitzer Center has focused on peace and conflict since our earliest days, including Executive Director Jon Sawyer’s reporting from Darfur in 2006, our very first project. Our interest has always been to dig beneath the surface of the headlines, helping to understand the drivers of conflict and exploring the pathways to peace. Our best projects draw attention to simmering conflicts before they erupt, as was the case with James Verini and Paolo Pellegrin’s deeply reported work from the Donbas region of Ukraine in late 2021.

Shortly after the invasion, the Pulitzer Center’s K-12 education team created a lesson plan based on grantees' Ukraine reporting to support educators and students navigating difficult conversations about war and conflict in their classrooms. While continuing to provide ongoing reporting and educational resources, we are now engaged in a public education campaign on the many causes and consequences of conflict–including authoritarianism, artificial intelligence, and climate change.

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In the coming weeks, we will add new perspectives that help contextualize the Pulitzer Center's conflict reporting from our staff, grantees, and experts. Return to this page each week for the latest updates.

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Below: Ukrainian military forces are seen going in the opposite direction through the windows of a Team Humanity bus as refugees flee to Moldova on March 27, 2022. Image by Michael G. Seamans/USA TODAY. Ukraine.

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