Current Initiatives
National Partners
Local Partners

#HumCitizen: Journalism and Media Literacy: Fostering Informed Citizens

North Carolina

Statewide, NC – [varies] This initiative will develop engaging and accessible programs highlighting the role of media and journalism in illuminating historical, social, and ethical issues critical to a flourishing, democratic society. Program elements include a teen conference, summits, workshops, rural outreach, new speaker bureau themes, and webinars, among others. (Youth, Public)

#HumCitizen: Youth Perspective and the Future of California


Statewide, CA – [forums, workshops, digital) A year long initiative in partnership with community colleges and youth service organizations to engage a broad cross section of California’s young people to foster a deepened understanding and awareness of the vital connections between democracy, journalism, and an informed citizenry. (Public, Students, Educators)

#HumCitizen: The State of Tennessee’s Civic Participation


Statewide, TN – [digital, book festival, workshop] A variety of programs designed to examine and encourage civic participation in Tennessee, a state that currently has the lowest voter turnout in the US. Programs include sessions at the Southern Festival of Books and a neighborhood storytelling workshop. (Public)

#HumCitizen: Montana Informed Citizen Initiative


Statewide, MT – [speakers bureau, panels] This initiative provides access to scholars, journalists, and Pulitzer Prize winners in order to engage students and the public in conversations on topics that explore and analyze the role of the news media in Montana and nationally. (Students, Public)

#HumCitizen: Democracy and the Informed Citizen


Statewide, IA – [lecture, performance] A series of programs focused on media literacy and revitalizing local journalism featuring lectures and Chautauqua-style presentations on the life of Pulitzer Prize winner J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling, two time Prize winner for editorial cartoons and the founder of the National Wildlife Foundation. (Public)

#HumCitizen: What Democracy Looks Like

New Hampshire

Select Locations, NH and Online – [workshops, oral history, video] Expanding its “Dialogues on War and Homecoming” initiative, the council will bring together veterans, students, and Pulitzer Prize winners for writing workshops, oral history sessions, and video projects with a final event on Memorial Day. (Public, Veterans, Students)

#HumCitizen: Frederick Douglass, A Bicentennial Appreciation


Boston, MA – [forum] Celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Frederick Douglass, the council will support History Day teachers and students, fund a public forum featuring three distinguished scholars, History Day winners, and a performance of a Douglass-themed choral poem. (Public, Students, Educators)

#HumCitizen: Journalism, Democracy and the Informed Citizen


Statewide, ME – [discussion] A new initiative to foster discussion via public forums on the role journalists play in creating informed citizens and the conditions necessary for democracy to flourish. (Public)

#HumCitizen: Attention Matters


Anchorage & Utqlagvick, AK – [workshops, conversation] In partnership with the Alaska Press Club, the Forum will kick off a series of workshops at the Press Club Conference in Anchorage, which will be followed by two more community workshops. The Forum will develop a toolkit and encourage additional community conversations through micro-grants. (Public)

#HumCitizen: News Literacy and the Future of Journalism

South Carolina

Columbia & Rock Hill, SC – [curriculum, forums, panels] The council will partner with Winthrop University and the SC Press Association to support a seven-month series of public programs as well as a class at Winthrop University and internship and volunteer opportunities for Winthrop students. (Students, Public)

#HumCitizen: Grabbing Your Attention – Informed Citizen’s Guide to Visual and Media Literacy


Statewide, HI – [workshop, digital] This project explores the topic of media literacy through the examination of visual expressions such as editorial cartooning and graphic novels. Public programs, workshops for teachers and the public, and two web-based projects investigate this issue. (Educators, Public)

#HumCitizen: New Tomorrow – Immigrant Stories of Kansas


Statewide, KS – [workshop, tour, app] This project explores and expands the ways that journalism is shaping conversations and perceptions of immigrants in Kansas through commissioning immigrant profiles by student journalists, sponsoring community writing workshops, and creating neighborhood walking tours. (Public, Youth)

#HumCitizen: Fake News! The Media, The Truth, and our Democracy


Oklahoma City, OK – [lecture] A candid conversation with investigative journalist Carl Bernstein about media literacy, the role of journalism in a functioning democracy, and the lessons learned from his Watergate experience. This program is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation in partnership with the Pulitzer Prizes and the Federation of State Humanities Councils. (Public)

#HumCitizen: Investigating New Jersey

New Jersey

Statewide, NJ – [traveling exhibit, public forums] In conjunction with its Smithsonian traveling exhibit, “Water/Ways,” the council will work with Pulitzer Prize finalist Mark Di lonno to examine the connection between scientific inquiry and environmental journalism. Di lonno will facilitate public forums and create a discussion tool kit to coincide with the traveling exhibit. (Public)

#HumCitizen: Soul of the City (Democracy & Informed Citizen)

District of Columbia

Washington, DC – [summer workshop] A six-week summer program that gives youth the opportunity to build their leadership skills and engage with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists and other leaders in their profession, as well as take enriching field trips, write, draw, and shoot stories, and plan a public program to demonstrate their work. (Youth)