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Student Receives Pulitzer Fellowship to Report on Scottish Secession Vote

04.10.2013

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HIGH POINT, N.C., April 10, 2013 – HPU junior Henry Molski has been selected by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to receive a stipend that will allow him to travel to Scotland and report on the upcoming vote that would allow the country to secede from the United Kingdom.

Molski, a communication major with a concentration in journalism and a minor in global commerce, plans to investigate the changes and conflicts that lie in store for the U.K. by interviewing government officials, industry leaders, top educators and the Scottish youth this coming summer.

“I’m thrilled to work with the Pulitzer Center this summer to gain professional experience as an undergraduate student,” Molski says. “In my work, I hope to shed light on the underreported Scottish Independence Referendum that is set to be voted on in 2014. Thanks to my study abroad experience this past fall and through the help of many of my communication professors, I was able to come up with a topic that will be an interesting discussion on an important world issue.”

Scotland’s historic vote will be held Sept. 18, 2014.

“At stake with this referendum are vital issues over economic and environmental policies, defense plans, the existing relationship with the U.K. and relations with the highly volatile European Union,” Molski says.

He’s also intrigued by the fact that the Scottish government will open the referendum vote to 16- and 17-year-olds.

HPU is one of three Triad schools, along with Wake Forest University and Guilford College, which joined the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium with the intent of providing a global perspective to journalism education.

“Our committee was delighted to select Henry Molski as the HPU student winner of the Pulitzer fellowship award for 2013,” says Dr. Linda Gretton, assistant professor of strategic communication. “His proposal to cover the possible secession of Scotland from the United Kingdom is very timely and has a number of reporting aspects to it that will benefit from a young person’s point of view. Henry is a very intelligent and hard-working young man who has a great future ahead of him.”

The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, an innovative, award-winning nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C., is dedicated to supporting independent international journalism. Its Campus Consortium is a growing network of more than a dozen universities and colleges aimed at raising awareness of systemic international concerns often underreported in U.S. media. For more information on the Pulitzer Center, visit http://pulitzercenter.org.

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