Pulitizer Center Redesign & Redevelopment
An organization raising awareness of the interconnected nature of the greatest challenges of our times and pointing to possible solutions.
Founded in 2006, the Pulitzer Center is now the largest single source of money for global enterprise reporting—and the only one incorporating this reporting into comprehensive educational programs that extend the impact of the reporting and allow students and the public to engage directly on the issues. The result is sustained reporting and outreach on topics that range from land rights, climate change, global health, and fragile states to justice and women and children.
LOCATION: Washington, D.C. (38.9072° N, 77.0369° W)
The Pulitzer Center’s Drupal 7 website needed an upgrade. In tandem with the effort, the organization wanted to develop and launch a site for the Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF). Through the Pulitzer Center, the RJF supports original reporting projects over five years, along with annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global tropical rainforest issues like deforestation and climate change–leading to stories that make a difference.
Creative firm Threespot and Inclind, a Drupal development agency, partnered to redesign and redevelop the existing Center website and design and build the new RJF microsite. RJF launched in October 2020 and the Pulitzer Center website launched in January 2021.
The Pulitzer Center faced the challenge of executing a project of this magnitude during the global pandemic. With in-person collaboration impossible, the Center noted that a large, technically challenging design project could be achieved by teams connecting exclusively through digital communications tools like Zoom and Slack. From a technical standpoint, the biggest challenge in this project included the large volume of legacy content from the original Pulitzer Center website that needed to be cleanly migrated.
- The Pulitzer Center website was upgraded from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 and a new microsite on was developed on Drupal 8.
- A new, modern design with significant visuals was integrated.
- A story map or a visual representation of where stories were written was created.
- A catalog of custom Gutenberg components to facilitate better visual storytelling by content editors was developed.
- The RJF site can accommodate translation into five different languages.
The Pulitzer Center describes the main website as featuring a bold new design, with a homepage that crisply presents the journalism, education, and outreach programs that are key to our mission. The new platform includes robust editing tools that allow us to create stunning page layouts similar, we believe, to what's achievable on platform leaders like Medium and Shorthand.