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News Literacy and the Future of Journalism Series



The “News Literacy and Future of Journalism” series is a nine-month collaborative effort among SC Humanities, Winthrop University, and the SC Press Association. Additional support comes from the North Carolina Humanities Council, The Newseum in Washington, D.C., The John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy, the Departments of Mass Communication and Political Science, and the College of Arts & Sciences at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC.

“News Literacy and the Future of Journalism” is part of the national initiative on “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Mellon Foundation. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry.

For more information, contact Judy B. Bynum,; Karen Kedrowski,; or Guy Reel,  

Calendar of events and activities:


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Fake News and the Threat to Democracy

Monday, September 17, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Dina’s Place


Mr. Jeff Ballou will discuss the phenomenon of "fake news" (manufactured content with no factual basis) and how it undermines American democracy.

This event is the opening keynote of the "News Literacy and the Future of Journalism" series cosponsored with South Carolina Humanities and funded with a grant from the Mellon Foundation.




Constitution Day: Free Speech and the Responsibilities of Citizenship

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Dina’s Place


Dr. Michael Lipscomb will give a lecture on the Constitutional right of free speech and expression and the duties of citizens related to this right




News Engagement Day Observation: "Discerning the Truth: Fake News vs. the Real Thing."

Tuesday, October 2, 2018
11:00 a.m.
Dina’s Place


A panel of three experts, Dr. Amanda Hiner, Professor of English and Coordinator of CRTW 201, Dr. Bill Schulte, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, and Ms. Michelle Ciulla Lipkins, Executive Director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education, will discuss the difference between legitimate news sources and fiction posting as news (i.e. "fake news"). The panel will discuss citizens' responsibility to think critically and evaluate sources of information and provide students with tools for doing so.




Dwane Powell

Tuesday, October 23, 2018


Dwane Powell, retired political cartoonist from the Raleigh (NC) News and Observer will speak on his experiences. More details are forthcoming.




Do Opinion Writers Matter?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Dina’s Place


A panel of three distinguished opinion writers, including: Pulitzer Prize winner (and Rock Hill native) James Hoagland, foreign affairs columnist for the Washington Post; Pulitzer Prize winner Maria Henson of the Lexington (KY) Herald Leader, whose columns on the plight of battered women in Kentucky led to positive social change; and Ms. Vilissa Thompson (2x Winthrop alumna), disability rights activist who created the blog "Ramp Up Your Voice," where she discusses her experiences as a disabled woman of color. Her blog has received national attention from the Huffington Post and other outlets.


Together these leading thinkers will conduct a vibrant conversation about opinion writing today. 




Documentary Viewing

April 2019 (Date TBA)


Public viewing of documentary produced by Winthrop students highlighting the series. More details forthcoming.

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