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News Literacy and the Future of Journalism Series

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The “News Literacy and Future of Journalism” series is a seven-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.

As of May 11, 2018, the series will include 11 events. All will be free, open to the public, publicized aggressively, and available for view on the Newseum website. Unless otherwise noted, they will be held on the Winthrop campus. The events are:

 

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, DiGiorgio Campus Center

 

Mr. Jim Hoagland, Pulitzer Prize winning opinion writer for The Washington Post will provide the opening keynote address. This event will be supported in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC). Moderator:  Dr. Nathaniel Frederick, Associate Professor of Mass Communication. 

 

 

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Constitution Day Observance: Free Speech and the Responsibilities of Citizenship

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

 

Constitution Day Observance: Free Speech and the Responsibilities of Citizenship” by Dr. Michael Lipscomb. Dr. Lipscomb is a Professor of Political Science and Chair of Faculty Conference, Winthrop University. He specializes in Political Theory and teaches courses in American Government and Political Theory, including American Political Thought. Introduction: Dr. Jennifer Leigh Disney, Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science. 

 

 

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

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

 

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. Recent surveys show that young adults have the greatest difficulty determining legitimate news from fiction disguised as news.  The panelists are: 

  • Dr. Amanda Hiner, Associate Professor of English and Director of Critical Reading, Thinking, and Writing (CRTW 201) course at Winthrop University;
  • Dr. Bill Schulte, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication at Winthrop University; and
  • Ms. Tèa Franco, Editor in Chief of The Johnsonian at Winthrop University 
  • Dr. Guy Reel, Professor and Chair of Department of Mass Communication at Winthrop University 
Panel Moderator: Dr. Aimee Meader, Assistant Professor of Mass Communication. 

 

 

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Is That All You Do: The Art of Editorial Cartooning

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center

 

Public Forum entitled, “Is That All You Do: The Art of Editorial Cartooning” by:

  • Kevin Siers, editorial cartoonist for The Charlotte Observer and; 
  • Mr. Robert Ariail, current political cartoonist for the State and three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. 
Panel Moderator: Terry Plumb, retired Editor in Chief of The Rock Hill Herald

 

 

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Do Opinion Writers Matter Anymore?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Campus Center

 

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

  • Ms. Maria Henson, Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and 
  • Ms. 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, member of the Newsday Editorial Board
Panel Moderator: Betsy Teter, Hub City Publishing.

 

 

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Finding the Truth Among Competing Claims: Politifact’s Role in American Politics

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center

  Public lecture entitled “Finding the Truth Among Competing Claims: Politifact’s Role in American Politics.” This lecture will be presented by Ms. Angie Holan, Editor of Politifact, Pulitzer Prize winning independent fact-checking organization. Moderator: Avery Wilks, S.C. State House Reporter for The State Newspaper
   


 

Film Screening: Spotlight

 Tuesday, January 29, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center

  The movie, Spotlight (2015), follows The Boston Globe's "Spotlight" team, the oldest continuously operation newspaper investigative journalism unit in the United States, and its investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. Following the film, Dr. Peter Judge, Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Winthrop, will lead a guided discussion about the film. 
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Why Investigative Reporting Does Matter

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Campus Center

   These journalists will discuss the role of investigative reporting in American Democracy and the challenges it faces in an era of citizen journalism, social media, and declining audiences for newspapers and television news. Panelists include:
  • Ms. Anna Douglas, The Charlotte Observer; 
  • Ms. Jennifer Hawes, Charleston (SC) Post & Courier and winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and 
  • Mr. Bill Fox, President of Protecting Public Access to Public Records (PAPR)
Panel Moderator: Manning Kimmel, WRHI.
   


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The State of the Fourth Estate: An Evening with David Farenthold 

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Dina's Place, DiGiorgio Campus Center

 

Mr. Fahrenthold is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist from Washington Post. He is known for his coverage of the Trump family business empire. Moderator: Beryl Dakers, SC ETV.

   


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The Future of Journalism

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Campus Center

  Closing campus plenary, a panel entitled “the Future of Journalism.”  Panelists include:
  • Dr. Kelly Kaufhold, professor at Texas Tech University
  • Mr. Gene Policinski, the Newseum
  • Mr. Graham Osteen II of Sumter Item
Moderator: Glenn Burkins, founder and publisher of QCity Metro
   


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Fake News and the Threat to Democracy

Tuesday, April 2, 2018
7:00 p.m.
Richardson Ballroom, DiGiorgio Campus Center

   Mr. Jim Hoagland, Pulitzer Prize winning opinion writer for The Washington Post will provide the opening keynote address. This event will be supported in part by the North Carolina Humanities Council (NCHC). Moderator: Dr. Nathaniel Frederick, Associate Professor of Mass Communication.
 

South Carolina Press Association Meeting

Saturday, April 6, 2019
The Marriott, Columbia, South Carolina

   Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning writer for The Washington Post, will speak at the South Carolina Press Association meeting in Columbia.

 For more information, contact Judy B. Bynum, Judy@schumanities.org; Karen Kedrowski, kedrowskik@winthrop.edu; or Guy Reel, Reelg@winthrop.edu. Stay tuned to the SC Humanities at website at schumanities.org for programming details.

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