Nebraskans to explore the role of journalism in American democracy

July 22, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF - Humanities Nebraska is working with local, state and national partners to offer a series of community conversation programs across the state beginning this fall based on the theme “Democracy and the Future of Journalism.”

The series will offer the opportunity for the general public to engage in discussion with panels of journalists at events in Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff-Gering. The programs will explore questions such as: What role should the new media play in our democracy? How do we identify biased or inaccurate reporting? What does the future hold for the consumption and dissemination of news? What are the obligations of citizens and journalists in today’s news environment?

Panelists will represent a variety of perspectives on the state of the news media in our society and how this relates to the state of American democracy, and will include local and regional voices as well as Pulitzer Prize winners and finalists.

“We are thrilled to be working with communities across the state to provide opportunities for Nebraskans to explore these important issues,” said Chris Sommerich, Humanities Nebraska executive director. “A core aspect of our work as a state humanities council is to find ways to bring people together through the humanities, and sometimes this means addressing topics that are challenging and divisive.”

This program series is part of a national “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. Humanities Nebraska thanks the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the James and Rhonda Seacrest Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership. More information on dates, program locations and other details will be announced soon.

Humanities Nebraska inspires and enriches personal and public life by delivering opportunities to engage thoughtfully with history and culture. A nonprofit organization, Humanities Nebraska is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, an appropriation from the Nebraska Legislature, and through private support from generous individual and organizational donors. Visit humanitiesnebraska.org to learn more about HN’s programs and grant opportunities.

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