#HumCitizen: Journalism in a Thriving Democracy

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

The Virginia council’s national radio program, “With Good Reason,” will produce a six-part radio series featuring Pulitzer-winning writers who will explore both historical and contemporary examples of the critical role that journalism plays in our democracy. The council will also develop a public program featuring a panel of Pulitzer-winning journalists who will discuss national issues through the lens of local reporting.


“On the Beat: Local Journalism, Truth, and Democracy” – Roanoke, VT – Regional journalists and authors Monica Hesse (The Washington Post) and Beth Macy (The Roanoke Times) join Pulitzer Prize recipient Eric Eyre (Charleston Gazette-Mail) in a discussion of important issues impacting communities nationwide—including the opioids crisis and the effects of economic decline on rural communities—and the vital role of local journalism to an informed citizenry. Community questions follow the panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Reginald Shareef (Radford University).