Democracy, Journalism, and the Informed Citizen

Programs and Grants

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Expanding Mainers’ understanding of what news is and can be.


Throughout 2018 and 2019, we’re offering programs and grants to inspire public discussion throughout the state on journalism’s role in creating an informed citizenry and a vibrant democracy.

We’re exploring how, why, and what journalists do to break through misinformation and provide citizens with the information they need to better understand their world. Our goal is to expand Mainers’ understanding of what news is and can be, and to show the crucial role played by journalists and other media representatives.

What’s Going on with the News?

In partnership with The Portland Press Herald and The Bangor Daily News

Join prominent Maine journalists and a historian of journalism for a conversation about the value and the challenge of reading and writing about what’s really going on.

Wednesday, September 19, 7:00 pm
South Portland Auditorium
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Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 pm
Bangor Arts Exchange
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Applications due October 15, 2018 | Projects must be completed by March 15th, 2019

We are offering special grants for organizations wanting to explore how we can stay informed and the role being informed has in creating a strong democracy.

What do we need to know for a democracy to thrive? What role does the local press play in helping us stay informed? What role does journalism play in our lives? What are some challenges that social media platforms bring to traditional news sources? How do we determine what to pay attention to when we are exposed to so much media content? How can we identify hidden biases in the information we consume? These are only a few of the many questions to be asked – no doubt you have your own.

There are no simple answers, but we think there is wisdom to be gained by inviting Mainers across the state to discuss these important issues.

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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.