Journalism Grant awards | Fall 2018

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Inspiring public statewide discussion on journalism’s role in creating an informed citizenry and a vibrant democracy.


$1,825 for “All the President’s Men: Discussions on Journalism and Democracy– Center Theatre for the Performing Arts, Dover-Foxcroft

  • Supports book and film discussions of All The President’s Men for adults and high school students in Dover-Foxcroft. Three high school classes at Foxcroft Academy and an adult reading group from Thompson Free Library will each discuss the book independently with a visiting journalist as facilitator. The individual groups will come together with the general public to expand and deepen the conversation around a screening of the film at the Center Theatre, with a journalist once again leading the discussion. The discussions will focus on the role of the free press in maintaining democracy and how the written word has influenced social and political development in the US and abroad.


$548 for “Certainty”– Oxford Hills School District, South Paris

  • Certainty is a community based project that will collect and use Maine citizen’s writing to create a book of experiences related to decision making. It is modeled on a socially engaged art project designed and completed at UMO IMFA program in 2017. The process will be modified in 2018 to reach a wider audience that will include high school students, libraries and their patrons, community organizations and art groups.


$3,000 for “Democracy Forum: Fostering Community Conversations About Journalism, News, and Democracy”– League of Women Voters of Maine Education Fund, Augusta

  • This project builds on a monthly radio show, Democracy Forum, currently produced by the League of Women Voters-Downeast and WERU-FM that focuses on issues related to participatory democracy. Two major activities are planned under the grant, both focusing on the importance of a free press to a functioning democracy. A February 15 radio show will feature a conversation among a nationally-known journalist, a local journalist, and a highly-regarded constitutional scholar. This will be followed by a free live panel discussion on March 2 in Ellsworth featuring Maine journalists and scholars.


$1,100 for “Don’t Believe Everything You Read– Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth

  • Ellsworth Public Library, The Ellsworth American, and Ellsworth Elementary Middle School will collaborate to host a presentation and activity session for for 5th and 7th grade students around topics of news and information literacy. Journalist and author Anna Crowley Redding will present to both groups and guide them through an interactive session.


$1,100 for “Girls Leading Girls– Hardy Girls Healthy Women, Waterville

  • With this project, HGHW invites journalists to their Girls Advisory Board (GAB) meetings to speak on topics such as gender, media literacy, activism in a public space, and more.


$800 for “The Scoop: After School at Rowe Elementary School– Rowe Elementary School, Portland

  • The Scoop is a youth-driven media literacy and multimedia production organization that provides and opportunity for Maine students to investigate, collect, and share the stories of their own communities through deep journalistic inquiry. The Scoop will launch a weekly after school club at Rowe Elementary throughout the Winter 2019 that provides media literacy and multimedia production instruction to any interested fourth or fifth grader.

$3,000 for “Wapnamugwiag Nestaupuguet: The Dawning of TruthPenobscot Nation Boys & Girls Club, Old Town

  •  Young leaders of Boys & Girls Clubs from three tribes will work with journalists to learn how the news is made and all that goes into reporting a story, including considerations of viewpoint, bias, ethics, and more. They will then work with mentor/guides to create news stories on topics they care about that counter the portrayal of Native peoples and issues of concern that either are  not examined from a Native viewpoint or do not appear in mainstream news. The news stories will be filmed and shared with the other tribes in the state. Tribal elders have endorsed this project. This grant is part of a larger national effort led by Reclaiming Native Truth, an initiative to counter discrimination, invisibility, and a dominant narrative that limits native opportunity, access to justice, health and self-determination.


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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.