Student Receives Pulitzer Fellowship to Report from Chile

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 26, 2017 – High Point University student Taylor Lord has been named a 2017 Pulitzer Fellow by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. This competitive opportunity will take Lord to Casablanca, Chile, where she’ll report on how climate change is affecting internationally renowned wines produced in the city.

Lord is from Raleigh and is double majoring in strategic communication and Spanish with plans to graduate in December 2017. She also serves as a student photographer for the university.

“I feel so grateful to have this opportunity,” Lord says. “My experience at HPU has taught me not only to become a better writer, but also to challenge myself and to have a global mindset. From studying abroad through HPU, I became familiar with Chile and its culture. HPU has given me so many opportunities to grow intellectually – both within the classroom and outside.”

“The unique geographical placement of Chile creates an ecologically diverse niche with many different regions,” Lord wrote in her Pulitzer Fellow application. “One of the better-known sections in the nation is Casablanca—famous for its production of internationally renowned wine. Although previously considered perfectly suited for growing high quality grapes and transforming them into rich and refreshing beverages, Casablanca is struggling to produce good crops amid warmer weather. Climate change is too often shown on a global level, which can de-personalize the problem. Examining this global issue on a local scale shows how one of Chile’s most profitable industries is contending with changes that negatively affect local communities.”

“I had Taylor in class, and from day one, she showed what a great writer she is,” says Dr. Linda Gretton, assistant professor of communication. “She is an enthusiastic, highly competent and conscientious student. She will make an excellent representative for HPU.”

High Point University is one of more than 20 college campuses participating in the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium initiative. Past HPU Pulitzer Fellowship recipients include Holly Gambrel, Jeremy Johnson, Britton Nagy, Henry Molski and Andrew Faust.

The Pulitzer Center is an innovative, award-winning nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C., dedicated to supporting independent international journalism. Its Campus Consortium is a growing network of university partners aimed at raising awareness of systemic international concerns often underreported in U.S. media.

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