Journalism and Media Literacy: Fostering Informed Citizens

Offering dynamic programming for educators, students and the general public, our 2018 special initiative is Journalism and Media Literacy: Fostering Informed Citizens. You can read our full press release here.

Special Initiative Summary:  Since the nation’s founding, the humanities have been seen as essential for educating citizens to understand their history, think creatively, and form reasoned judgments and decisions. Journalism and Media Literacy: Fostering Informed Citizens develops engaging and accessible programs highlighting the role of journalism in illuminating historical content and ethical issues at stake during political upheaval and unrest. It also provides educators, students and the general public with news literacy skills – the critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and information sources – and build a more fruitful democracy. 

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

How Can You Participate?

Apply to join our Road Scholars Speaker's Bureau program

  • This year the Council is issuing a call for new scholars and new program proposals relating to our 2018 special initiative, Journalism and Media Literacy: Fostering Informed Citizens. All presentation proposals should address the following humanistic question: “What does it mean to be an informed citizen in a democracy?” 
  • Application guidelines and instructions here. 
  • Deadline: February 2nd 2018 at 5:00 PM

Apply for a Mico-grant 

  • As a part of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s 2018 special initiative, Journalism and Media Literacy: Fostering Informed Citizens, we are offering micro-grants of up to $1,000 for the implementation of projects related to the following humanistic question: “What does it mean to be an informed citizen in a democracy?”
  • The Council is seeking program proposals that highlight the role of media and journalism in illuminating historical, social, and ethical issues critical to a flourishing, democratic society. The Council is particularly interested in applications from small and rural institutions.
  • Application guidelines and instructions are available here.
  • Deadline: Submissions accepted January 4th 2018- February 26th 2018 at 5:00 PM, decisions announced by March 31st 2018.

Upcoming Special Initiaitive Components Include:

Leveraging the Council’s established networks of partnerships around the state and beyond, these additional Council supported programs and events are forthcoming:  

  • Teen media literacy workshop with I AM not the MEdia. The Charlotte-based nonprofit is a leading organization on media education for teens and young adults.  
  • Journalism Summits: In early 2019 convenings in Charlotte and the Triangle will explore how journalism aids in creating informed citizens.

  • Webinars and an online courses for educators: on critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and information sources and the historical relationship of democracy, media, and informed citizens. A collaboration with the National Humanities Center.

  • Support for a plenary presentation from a national headline speaker at  SC Humanities’ fall 2018 event with Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.