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Beyond the Headlines

Citizens and journalists come together to share knowledge and solve local issues.

This initiative seeks to deepen the public's understanding and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

In 2018, Beyond the Headlines responded to concerns about the public’s declining trust in the news media and the effects that loss of trust could have on civic participation and democracy. But public trust is not the only concern. Local news coverage in traditional media outlets is rapidly declining. That means less local information is available to help the public make important decisions. This trend, and related ones such as the rise of social media as news sources and intentional misrepresentation of information, raise serious questions about whether we as citizens can access the information we need to participate knowledgeably in civic life.

This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.

COVID-19 UPDATE

In-person events have been suspended for 2020 and will be re-scheduled in 2021. We are in the process of planning a virtual conversation for later this fall. Follow our Facebook and sign up for our newsletter to hear about these opportunities as they are scheduled!

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