#HumCitizen: Democracy and the Future of Journalism

Presented by:
Humanities Nebraska
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Nonprofits, Other, Public Radio, Public Television Subject: Journalism Audience: All, Colleges and Universities, Rural Communities

Humanities Nebraska will organize six community conversations with a moderated panel of journalists in urban, suburban, and rural areas to consider the state of modern-day journalism and its impact on the lives of Nebraskans and their communities. The conversations will focus on the relationship between democracy and journalism and the future of journalism in the rapidly changing technological, social, and political environment in the U.S. today. The programs will address issues such as the role of news media in maintaining an informed citizenry; challenges facing national, state, and local news media; public concern over “fake news” and biased news reporting; and the state of journalism in rural versus urban areas.


“An Issue of Trust: Democracy and the Future of Journalism” – Various locations, NE – Humanities Nebraska is working with local, state, and national partners to offer a series of community conversations across the state this fall entitled “An Issue of Trust: Democracy and the Future of Journalism.”

The program series will offer the opportunity for the general public to engage in discussion with panels of renowned journalists in Kearney, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha, and Scottsbluff/ Gering. This program will explore questions such as:

  • What role should the news media play in our democracy?
  • What role is the news media currently playing in our democracy?
  • How do we identify biased or inaccurate information?
  • What does the future hold for consumption and dissemination of news?
  • What are the obligations of citizens and journalists in today’s news media environment?

Panelists will represent a variety of perspectives on the position 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.