SC Humanities has been awarded a $35,000 grant to support its 2018-19 “News Literacy and the Future of Journalism” initiative. This important seven-month series will be planned and presented in partnership with Winthrop University and the South Carolina Press Association. Additional support comes from the North Carolina Humanities Council, The Newseum in Washington, D.C., The John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy, the Departments of Mass Communication and Political Science, and the College of Arts & Sciences at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.
Events begin with a public “kick off” in September 2018 in Rock Hill featuring a headline speaker launching Winthrop’s interdisciplinary examination of this important topic. This plenary event will be presented in collaboration with the North Carolina Humanities Council. Other plans include:
- Public programming highlighting Constitution Day and News Engagement Day 2018;
- Four public humanities lectures or moderated forums utilizing scholars and professional journalists examining specific subject areas. Topics are: First Amendment 101, which includes a discussion of John Stuart Mill, the Federalist Papers and the duty of citizens to be informed; discerning fake news from real news; the role of opinion writers; and why investigative reporting matters;
- Development of a Media and Politics class at the University;
- At least four additional learning opportunities for students, including internships and volunteer involvement;
- A portion of SC Humanities’ re-grant funds will be set aside to support programming that relates to the theme; and
- The series will conclude with another public “headline” event in March 2019 at the SC Press Association annual meeting in Columbia.
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. SC Humanities thanks The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
SC Humanities is a statewide non-profit that reaches more than 250,000 citizens annually in both urban and rural settings with its support of exhibits, festivals, book discussions, literary initiatives, films, lectures and more. It is not a government agency and receives no support from the state of South Carolina. Its mission is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians.