SAINT AUGUSTINE — Flagler College student Jared Olson has been selected as a Pulitzer Center 2018 Student Fellow. He will travel to Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, to focus on Mexico’s former guerrilla group, the Zapatistas, this summer.
Olson will spend June 26 through Aug. 6 observing the nonviolent approach to conflict resolution there in what are known as the “autonomous zones,” areas controlled by the non-government supported Zapatistas group.
The Pulitzer Center Student Fellows is part of the Campus Consortium program, a nationwide network of universities and colleges. Journalism students are selected from each participating home institution and awarded grants for unique reporting opportunities.
In addition to the $3,000 Campus Consortium grant, Olson applied for and received an undergraduate research grant from the college which will cover an additional $500.
Brenda Kauffman, Ph.D., a faculty member who teaches in the college’s Campus Consortium program, says having a second student chosen for the grant is “going to get our students on par with other notable schools and open many doors.” Jessica Rowan ’18 was Flagler’s fellow last year.
Olson plans to stay in the villages within the autonomous zones and speak to human rights organizations and to officials, especially at area schools. However, he has “no expectations” and is “open to where the story may go.” With events such as upcoming elections presenting an ever-changing landscape in the state of Chiapas, he says he’ll need a fluid mindset and itinerary.
For more information about the Pulitzer Center 2018 Student Fellows announcement, please visit their website.