Democracy, Journalism, and the Informed Citizen

14 Aug 2018 6:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Maine Humanities Council thinks there is wisdom to be gained when 

Mainers across the state get together to discuss important issues. 

Throughout 2018 and 2019, we are offering programs and grants to help 

spark public discussion on journalism’s role in creating an informed 

citizenry and a vibrant democracy.


Here are two ways to join the discussion this fall:


1. GRANTS– 

We are offering special grants for Maine non-profits wanting to explore 

how we can stay well informed and the role being informed has in creating 

a strong democracy. Projects might consider these or other related 

questions: What do we need to know for a democracy to thrive? 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 information we consume? 

What are some challenges social media platforms bring to traditional news 

sources?  


Applications are due October 15, 2018. See our website for an application 

form and more information. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY. All Maine non-profit 

organizations are invited to apply, INCLUDING those that have already 

received an MHC grant this year, or intend to apply for a grant in a 

different category. Please see our website for more information, or speak with Jerome Bennett 

or Lizz Sinclair 



2. PUBLIC PROGRAM- “What’s Going On with the News?"

This is a panel discussion with journalists from the Bangor Daily News and 

The Portland Press Herald accompanied a historian of journalism. Together 

they will reflect on the contemporary challenges of reading and writing 

about what’s really going on.


These events are free and open to the public:

September 19th, 7pm at the South Portland Auditorium 

September 25th, 7pm at the Bangor Arts Exchange. 


More information is on our website: mainehumanities.org


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