#HumCitizen: News Literacy and the Future of Journalism

Presented by:
SC Humanities
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Colleges and Universities, Other Subject: Journalism, Other, Varies Audience: All, Colleges and Universities, Educators, Young Adult, Youth/Teen

South Carolina Humanities will partner with Winthrop University and the South Carolina Press Association to support a seven-month series of public programs as well as a class at Winthrop University and internships and volunteer opportunities for Winthrop students. The four public programs feature several distinguished Pulitzer Prize winners and address timely and provocative topics such as fake news, the First Amendment, and opinion writing.

Winthrop students will engage with the series throughout the entire year through participating in a Media and Politics course and Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing course, as well as attending and supporting related cultural events.

MARCH 2018

Information on “News Literacy and the Future of Journalism” Grant & Programming – Columbia, SC – Judy Bynum of SC Humanities shares about the organizations $35,000 grant to support “News Literacy and the Future of Journalism” initiative in this introduction to the council, and its partners, related programming.


Democracy and the Informed Citizen Grants Deadline – South Carolina – South Carolina Humanities has announced programming grants on the general subject of Democracy and the Informed Citizen for fiscal year 2018-2019. A total of $15,000 in grants is available to community organizations, libraries, universities, schools, and colleges for projects that explore what it means to be an informed citizen in a democratic society. Awards will be in sums of $2,000 and $8,000. The deadline to apply is August 15, 2018.  


“News Engagement Day Observation: Discerning the Truth – Fake News v. the Real Thing” – Rock Hill, SC – A panel of experts will discuss the importance of critically examining information and equip students with tools to look beyond the headline or “click bait” to determine the veracity of articles posing as news.

“Is That All You Do? The Art of Editorial Cartooning” – Rock Hill, SC – This public forum will feature:

  • Kevin Siers, cartoonist from The Charlotte Observer and winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and;
  • Robert Ariail, political cartoonist and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist.
    Panel Moderator:  Terry Plumb, retired editor, Rock Hill Herald

“Do Opinion Writers Matter Any More?” – Rock Hill, SC – This panel of distinguished guests will discuss the role of opinion writers in today’s partisan and ideological media environment. The panelists are:

  • Maria Henson, Wake Forest University, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and
  • Vilissa Thompson, Disability Rights advocate and author of Ramp Up Your Voice, a nationally-recognized blog that focuses on issues of concern to persons with disabilities and especially persons of color with disabilities.
  • Lane Filler, opinion writer, Newsday
    Panel Moderator:  Betsy Teter, co-founder and publisher, Hub City Writers Project