DC TRIP DAY 5: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31ST / by Rugile Kaladyte

The Pulitzer Center

We began our last day with The Pultizer Center for Crisis Reporting with Meghan Dhaliwal, the Multimedia Projects Coordinator. I had met Meghan at the Northern Short Course in March of this year and had kept in touch with her regarding my Senior Capstone Project. She explained that the Pulitzer Grants are not a way to make a living, but rather funding projects that you want to do. The goal of the grants is that you break even. However, they want to be a part of the project from the very beginning, but everything is case by case and they fund around 90 projects a year. During our conversation, I couldn’t help but feel as though my project fit the requirements for the grant and the goal of looking at the quieter aspects of the world. After our group meeting, I had arranged to meet with Meghan one-on-one and we talked about my Capstone. She had been following my work and we discussed the possibility of working together to propose my project for a Pulitzer grant. When discussing potential for the project, she asked me what I had planned for the future and I expressed uncertainty; I knew that I wanted to continue this body of work, but I wasn’t sure how to go about that or what career path I wanted. She brought up something that remarkably no one else had before, the possibility of moving to Lithuania after graduation. With no serious commitments after graduation, I can move to Lithuania to continue my body of work, freelance in the area, and I have already made connections with the people at Lietuvos Rytas, the largest newspaper in Lithuania.