Enter for a chance to win one out of five $10,000 reporting grants!
Project: Report 2010 kicked off today, a partnership between YouTube and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, made possible by Sony and Intel. The contest invites non-professional, aspiring reporters to share their stories with the world.
With two rounds over three months, short documentary assignments will be judged on the quality of the stories reported and the production value of the videos. Ten finalists will be chosen from the first round to receive technology prizes from Sony and Intel, and will compete to receive one of five $10,000 grants to work with the Pulitzer Center on an under-reported international story. Winners will be featured on the YouTube homepage.

“Project: Report is a unique opportunity for aspiring reporters to share stories they feel the world needs to know about, and to gain the skills and knowledge they need to become first-rate journalists,” said Jon Sawyer, the Pulitzer Center’s executive director. “The energy, excitement and great reporting that came out of last year’s contest is a testament to the power of this kind of initiative,” Sawyer said. “Project: Report is a terrific pairing of YouTube’s global reach and popularity with one of our core missions: to spark global conversations around critical issues. We’re eager to hear—and learn—from these aspiring journalists.”

Round 1 launches today.

The assignment: Document a single day in the life of a compelling person the world should meet and showcase how that person is making a positive impact in his or her community. All videos must be three minutes or less. Submissions will be open through February 28.
An expert panel led by the Pulitzer Center will choose the top 10 entrants. Visit the Pulitzer Center to find out what we’re looking for in your videos.

Each of the 10 finalists will receive a Sony VAIO notebook with the new 2010 Intel Core i7 processor and a SONY HD video camera. The second round of the program will call on the finalists to create a video of four minutes or less to tell a local story with global impact that is under-reported by the national media.

The top five videos will be chosen through public voting by the YouTube community and judging by the Pulitzer Center. The five winners will each receive a $10,000 travel fellowship with the Pulitzer Center and also invitations to Washington, DC, for a public screening of their work and to participate in a workshop with the Pulitzer Center’s international journalists.

The contest channel page features links to model videos – click on the Pulitzer Center tab.

The first Project: Report launched in September 2008 with individuals competing for technology prizes and the opportunity to work with the Pulitzer Center on an international reporting project. Arturo Perez Jr. won the competition and traveled to Jerusalem, producing a story on dialogue between Palestinians & Israelis. He called it a “life-changing” opportunity.

Journalists take note!