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Columbia Journalism School Reporting Fellows tell the story of two Chinese young women who served food to thousands of Asian people in New York who had become target of racism.    

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At the start of the pandemic, two young New York restaurateurs, Moonlynn Tsai and Yin Chang, witnessed such intense xenophobia in Chinatown that they felt compelled to help. Seeing people who looked like them targeted, many food-insecure, they started Heart of Dinner, a mutual aid initiative to provide hot meals and care packages for Asian seniors. “No one is going to look out for your own people more than you,” Tsai and Chang say. Every Wednesday, they deliver thousands of meals in paper bags. Each one includes a note in Chinese saying, “We are thinking of you and we love you.”

Columbia Journalism School Reporting Fellow Alums Gopika Ajay and Annick Laurent tell the story of these two women in the film ‘To the Plate’. The documentary premiered in 2021 at the March on Washington Film Festival and will be screened at the virtual Pulitzer Center Autumn Reporting Fellow Film Festival on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00pm EDT, the Pulitzer Center announced Friday.

The festival will also feature ‘The Friendliest Small Town in America’, a film produced by Curtis Franklin, a Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism Post-Grad Reporting Fellow. Franklin explores the battle over a prominently displayed statue of Robert E. Lee in a downtown square of Murray, Kentucky. Sherman Neal II, a Black man who is an attorney and Marine veteran, called for its removal in June 2020. The Murray City Council, Murray State University, and the Calloway County fiscal court became involved. The aftermath is complicated; the story compelling.

The screening of films will follow Q&A with the filmmakers. Libby Moeller, editorial coordinator for Reporting Fellows at the Pulitzer Center, will moderate the discussion. This virtual event is free, but one has to register here.

To see more work by students and alums from our Campus Consortium partners, one should click here. This year’s Fellows are covering a wide range of issues, including the health impacts of military activity on Guam, the benefits of farming the sun, and the use of biogas as an energy source. You’ll find articles, multimedia, and Field Notes that provide an inside look at the reporting process.



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