#HumCitizen: Journalism: Now More Than Ever?

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

This year-long series of ten public forums and three keynote events will culminate with the South Dakota Festival of the Book, a three-day event whose theme will be the role of journalism in a democratic society. The keynote events and the book festival will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.

Events will take place in 10 South Dakota communities with the keynotes taking place in three different South Dakota communities to include: Vermillion, Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, Rapid City, Watertown, Pierre, Yankton, Sisseton, Mobridge/Eagle Butte, Kyle, Mission, and Brookings. In conjunction with the theme of “Democracy and the Informed Citizen,” groups across South Dakota will read and discuss the 2018 One Book South Dakota book Informing the News by Thomas E. Patterson, which argues for “knowledge-based journalism.”

Partners include the South Dakota Newspaper Association, the South Dakota Pulitzer Center, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

JUNE 2018

Reflective Conversations Facilitation Training with Oregon Humanities – Brookings & Aberdeen, SD – The South Dakota Humanities Council is teaming up with Oregon Humanities to offer a reflective conversation facilitation training at SDSU Journalism Department’s Yeager Hall and at K.O. Lee Aberdeen Public Library for coordinators and scholars involved in “Information Literacy” forums, an element of the council’s overall “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” programming.


“Informing the News” Discussion – Spearfish, SD – Groups around the state will read and discuss the 2018 One Book South Dakota, Informing the News: The Need for Knowledge-Based Journalism, by Thomas E. Patterson. In his book, Patterson calls for nothing less than a major overhaul of journalism practice and education. The book speaks not only to journalists, but to all who are concerned about the integrity of the information on which America’s democracy depends. Learn more about SD Humanities “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” programming.


“Informing the News” discussion series – Various locations, SD – Americans have access to more information than at any time in history, yet widespread misunderstanding among the public on critical issues of the day still exist. Join Thomas E. Patterson, author of “Informing the News”, on Oct. 26 as he leads a discussion on his thought provoking book.

“Votes for Women: 100 Years of Women Suffrage in South Dakota” – Madison & Mitchell, SD – South Dakota State Historical Society Archivist Liz Amalie will present a program on South Dakota Suffragists.


Auschwitz, The Holocaust, and Memory: Doing Research & Writing About a Nazi Concentration CampSioux Falls, SD

Dakota DaughtersWanblee, SD

Rainforests & Mayan RuinsRapid City, SD

Chasing Frank and Jesse JamesSioux Falls, SD