#HumCitizen: Soundbites & Substance – Media Literacy in Ohio

Presented by:
Ohio Humanities
Current Initiative: Democracy and the Informed Citizen National Partner: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Pulitzer Prizes Local Partner: Nonprofits, Other Subject: Journalism, Literacy, Varies Audience: All, Educators, K-12

Ohio Humanities will work with journalism scholars, Pulitzer Prize winners, and other journalists to produce a collection of materials that will explore a range of media literacy ideas. These include journalistic roles, responsibilities, and ethics; how journalists gather information; how decisions are made about what, how, and when to report information; opinion versus fact; how the media helps to create an informed citizenry; and the boundaries between free speech and irresponsible speech.

These issues will be explored in a series of interstitial segments specifically designed for distribution on radio, television, podcasts, and social media. A teachers guide will also be produced and the council will produce an issue of its magazine, Pathways, to more deeply explore the topics outlined above.


Pathways Magazine: “Real Issues: Real Conversations” – Online, OH – In two issues of Pathways and a series of podcasts, Ohio Humanities will present articles by journalists and scholars who daily grapple with fact versus fiction, confront attacks on their professional integrity, and in some cases, suffer bodily threat to bring us the information we need to be informed citizens.


Democracy and the Informed Citizen 2.0, Pathways magazineOnline/Print, OH