Democracy, Journalism, and the Informed Citizen

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 our 2018 Democracy, Journalism, and the Informed Citizen grants invite Mainers across the state to discuss these important issues. Our goal is to expand Mainers ‘ understanding of what news is and can be, and to explore the role of journalists and other media representatives.

Miss the deadline for this special grant category? No problem, your initiative will qualify for our mini and/or major grants.


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.