OVERVIEW: Illinois Pulitzer Prizes Centennial Campfires Activities

Current Initiative: Centennial Campfires National Partner: The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Nonprofits, Other Subject: Journalism, Other, Varies Audience: All

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes, Illinois Humanities created a three part series of events including included three components: a one-day conference and “un-conference” targeted toward community engagement practitioners in the journalism sector, a public keynote lecture, and a set of fellowships designed to support innovative projects centered on community-driven journalism.


The People-Powered Publishing Conference attracted 142 attendees from across the country, including journalists from the Center for Investigative Reporting, ProPublica, Public Radio International, The Los Angeles Times, and other newsrooms and nonprofits from 15 states. The focus of the conference was the role of journalism as an engagement tool and the impact of reporting during community events.


In coordination with the conference, three Audience Engagement Fellowships were awarded.  The fellowships were given to individuals who created projects intended to highlight and create interest in journalism and community engagement.


  • Chicago Humanities Festival


  • Chicago, IL

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