Pulitzer Center Enhanced Ebook Giveaway to Encourage Quality Reporting, Ebook Enhancements

[Press Release]

One Week of Free Pulitzer Center E-book Downloads from Apple’s iBookstore
Innovative, award-winning e enhanced e-books bring new depth to reporting

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, in collaboration with the Apple iBookstore, will launch a promotional giveaway of two of its award-winning enhanced e-books for iPad, “In Search of Home” and “Voices of Haiti.” Both books will be available for free on the Apple iBookstore during the week of June 10 to June 17.

The giveaway aligns with the Pulitzer Center’s outreach efforts at LOOK3’s 6th Annual “Festival of the Photograph.” One of the largest photography education festivals in the country, “The Festival of the Photograph” will take place from June 13 to June 15 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Meghan Dhaliwal, Pulitzer Center’s Multimedia Projects Coordinator, will be demonstrating the innovative features of the organization’s award winning e-books series at the festival’s BOOKstore space.

“In Search of Home” depicts the nuanced lives of stateless people in Kenya, Burma, and the Dominican Republic. This e-book features the photography of Greg Constantine and the reporting of Stephanie Hanes. It was designed and produced by Jake Naughton using Apple’s iBooks Author program. Interactive components were created by Maura Youngman.
Constantine noted that e-books such as In Search of Home provide an interactive way to dive deeper into a story. Through photography, audio, and prose, readers engage with global issues as complex as statelessness.

“Because I believe so much in the importance of the stories I work on, I refuse to accept the limitations of traditional publishing these days, which is why we have to explore as many creative and strategic ways for getting the work out there as possible. I think the possibilities to tell robust, multi-dimensional stories through e-books are endless,” said Constantine.

“Voices of Haiti” is a multimedia collection of stories, poems and music that immerses the reader in post-earthquake Haiti. With reporting by Lisa Armstrong, poetry by Kwame Dawes, photography by Andre Lambertson and music by Kevin Simmonds, it is a collaborative dive into what journalism can look like on iBooks Author. The book was named one of the best e-books of the year by Pictures of the Year International Awards (POYi).

The Executive Director of the Pulitzer Center, Jon Sawyer, noted that the Pulitzer Center’s e-book initiative is aimed at reaching new audiences, creating new sources of income for journalists, and ensuring sustained engagement with important global issues.

“The goal is to make these e-books the capstone for many of our projects,” Sawyer said, “to give readers an immersive, visually compelling, and narrative-driven experience.”

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting supports in-depth coverage of international affairs, focusing on topics that have been under-reported or not reported at all. Its honors include an Emmy for new approaches to news and documentaries and awards from the National Press Foundation, the National Press Club, and the Society of Professional Journalists. The Center’s Global Gateway program engages directly with high school and university students, building a constituency among younger audiences for quality global news coverage. To learn more, please visit http://pulitzercenter.org.

Available in more than four dozen countries around the world, the Apple iBookstore provides access to hundreds of books ranging from children’s literature to biographies to cookbooks. Apple’s innovative iBooks app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch has been downloaded 130 million times worldwide.

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