The story of Danny’s life and death has touched thousands of people who never knew him. By developing original programs, the Daniel Pearl Foundation hopes to bring light to the world the way Danny did through his stories and music. In that spirit, the foundation has undertaken several projects, including:
Daniel Pearl Fellowships
The Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellowships, established in partnership with the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships, brings mid-career foreign journalists from the Middle East and South Asia for nearly six months to work at mainstream U.S. newsrooms, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal. They also spend a week at the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, for which some of them still write and blog. At the end of their stay, they share their experiences at a free public event hosted by the Los Angeles Press Club. The impact of the fellowship through their work reaches hundreds of thousands of people in their countries when they return.
Daniel Pearl Youth Initiatives
Daniel Pearl Youth News is an international program for high school/secondary school students. Through our four-part training course, we help young journalists develop writing skills, while instilling in them the critical importance of media literacy and unbiased reporting, whether they are the authors or consumers of news.
In the training course and mentoring by professional journalists, we emphasize ethics in journalism, integrity, and truth in reporting, which are the cornerstones of a reporter’s credibility. Upon completing the course, students become certified Daniel Pearl Reporters and can post their articles on the Youth News website. We ask that their first story be on the broad topic of tolerance in keeping with the foundation’s mission.
Daniel Pearl World Music Days
Daniel Pearl World Music Days accomplishes on a global scale what Danny, a violinist, achieved in his travels—connecting people around their common humanity using the power of music. This program has reached hundreds of thousands of people since its inception in October 2002.
In 2012, the program surpassed a total of more than 10,000 World Music Days events in 129 countries. Participants at these “Harmony for Humanity” events focus on being part of a global movement that defies the ideology of intolerance and fanaticism. The empowerment of unity in that moment sparks for many an enduring commitment to work for a more humane world.
Annual Daniel Pearl Lecture Series at UCLA and Stanford
The Daniel Pearl Lectures Series at UCLA was launched in September 2002. In partnership with Hillel, these open public lectures given each year by scholars, journalists or policy makers who have contributed original analyses or constructive approaches to problems of international concern.
The Daniel Pearl Lectures Series at Stanford University (Danny’s Alma Mater) was launched in October 2006, featuring Christiane Amanpour. This open public lecture series honors Danny’s commitment to the improvement of the human condition, and covers topics such as journalism, music, psychology, philosophy and religious, ethnic or racial tolerance.
Daniel Pearl Editorial Fellowships
The Daniel Pearl Editorial Fellowship program, in conjunction with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) International Journalism Exchange (IJE) was designed to provide participants with a practical understanding of the function and significance of the editorial process in the free press in the United States; writing and editorial skills, and continuing ties to journalists, editors and news publications in the U.S. The program brought five editors to the United States from Pakistan, Syria, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and UAE from 2006-08.
The Daniel Pearl Media Internship
The Daniel Pearl Media Internship provided two-month internships with newspaper, radio, and TV hosts to Israeli and Palestinian youth, age 16-23, who have participated in a co-existence and dialogue program. In partnership with Crossing Borders, we provided internships to graduates of the Peace it Together and Crossing Borders camps. The objective was to provide youth who understand the destructive power of hatred and who have “seen the human face of the enemy” with opportunities to become journalists and thereby amplify voices of reason and humanity in their respective societies.
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding
The Daniel Pearl Dialogue for Muslim-Jewish Understanding was a series of personal yet public conversations between Daniel Pearl’s father, Professor Judea Pearl, President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, and Dr. Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic Studies at American University. The program grew out of Professors Ahmed and Pearl’s shared concern about the deterioration of relationships between Muslim and Jewish communities around the world, and their strong belief that reconciliation between these two Abrahamic faiths can be achieved through frank and respectful dialogue. The discussions ranged from theological issues and historical perceptions to current events.
In 2006, Professors Ahmed and Pearl were awarded the first annual Purpose Prize in recognition of their “simple, yet innovative approach to solving one of society’s most pressing problems.