World in Your Library

Democracy, Journalism, and the Informed Citizen

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


Bring a scholar of journalism to your library for a single-session presentation

Presentations and scholars:

  • “The Impact of Fake News” and “NEWS ROOM 101: How REAL News Is Made” – Chet Lunner
  • “Journalism, Human Rights and, Humanitarian Crises” – Nick Mills
  • “Media, Public Opinion, and Sustainability” – James Spartz
  • “Press On: Why Community Journalism is Needed as a Force for Good” – Scott Monroe
  • “Journalists: Watch Dogs of Democracy or Enemies of the People” – Jacquelyn Lowman
  • “Bias, Objectivity, and Newspaper History” – Candace Kanes
  • “The Future of Local News” and “Democracy and an Informed Citizenry” – Edward French
  • “#BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo: Social Media’s Contribution to Democracy” – Judith E. Rosenbaum
  • “Where Did Facts and Fairness Go” – Judith Meyer
  • “Why Journalism Matters” – Steve Collins
  • “Why Journalism Matters Today (and Everyday)” and more – Lindsay Tice
  • “Free Press and the Changing Landscape of Journalism in Maine” – Dan Dinsmore
  • “It Has Always Been Like This: A Historical Perspective on Journalism” – Michael Socolow
  • “How News is Reported in Maine”  and more – Cliff Schechtman
  • “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” and more – Bill Nemitz
  • “An Inconsistent Truth: Finding Truth’s Through-line” and more – Joyce Kryszak


Applications due November 16, 2018
Events must be completed by March 1, 2019

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.