This program is part of the “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.
We thank The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for their generous support of this initiative and the Pulitzer Prizes for their partnership.
With: Betsy Edwards (Virginia Press Association)
Think you don’t get your news from the paper anymore? Think again. Betsy Edwards says that every big thing that’s ever happened in this country was unearthed by a newspaper reporter. And still is. Now the key is figuring out how to monetize that.
With: Katrice Hardy (Greenville News/Indianapolis Star)
Katrice Hardy busts the myth that corporate takeovers are bad for local papers. Working with Gannett, she’s seen small newsrooms gain resources they wouldn’t otherwise have. And she finds success in community involvement.
With: Lewis Raven Wallace
In 2017, Lewis Raven Wallace was fired from his job as a reporter at American Public Media’s Marketplace. Ever since, he’s been questioning the role of objectivity in journalism.
With: Chris Tyree (Virginia Center of Investigative Journalism)
With newspapers shuttering, investigative journalism is endangered. Chris Tyree says non-profit news organizations like his own are picking up the slack.