HIGH POINT, N.C., April 2, 2014 – High Point University junior Britton Nagy has been selected by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting to receive a stipend that will allow her to travel to Norway’s Bastoy Island and report on a controversial criminal punishment system that’s receiving international attention.
Nagy, a communication major with a concentration in electronic media, plans to investigate the minimum security prison facility located on the island, as well as the system and style of detainment. The prison has goals to become the first “ecological prison in the world.” It operates like a city and treats inmates like guests by providing them with houses, jobs and free education. Nagy says she is interested in the “global controversy regarding the degree to which prisoners should be devoid of all freedoms, as in other systems.”
“I am both honored and humbled to have received the 2014 Pulitzer Fellowship,” says Nagy. “Norway is a gorgeous and intriguing country, and the prison system of Bastoy Island undoubtedly distinguishes it on a global scale. I cannot wait to dive deeper into the characteristics that make this nation so unique.”
HPU is one of three Triad schools which joined the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium with the intent of providing a global perspective to journalism education.
“Britton is an excellent student, and we are sure she will do an outstanding job investigating and reporting on the Bastoy Island prison in Norway,” says Dr. Linda Gretton, assistant professor of strategic communication at HPU. “This is our third year with the Pulitzer program, but HPU can already point to great achievements from our previous Pulitzer fellows, starting with Andrew Faust in 2012 and Henry Molski in 2013. Britton has big shoes to fill, but given her talent and enthusiasm, we are confident she’ll produce a first-class piece of journalism.”
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.