Democracy and the Informed Citizen

Humanities and the Future of Journalism in Rural Alabama is an initiative exploring connections between democracy and an informed citizenry administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Overview

Humanities and the Future of Journalism in Rural Alabama is part of a national initiative exploring essential roles played by the humanities and journalism in creating an informed citizenry and, in turn, a healthy democracy. With sister organizations across the country, AHA is sharing in a $1.75 million award by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support Democracy and the Informed Citizen, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils.

Alabamians from communities of all sizes and types participate in virtual workshops, book discussions and lectures. The program’s focus on rural Alabama serves to raise questions that apply to our state in general: Whose stories get told? What tools are available to Alabamians who wish to document lives in their own communities? How might an informed citizenry be maintained in the absence of news organizations or professional journalists?

Telling Our Stories

“Telling Our Stories” featured a keynote address by Maura Casey, a former member of four newspaper editorial boards, including at The New York Times. The event also recognized the accomplishments of four new rural newspapers across Alabama.

Watch 'Telling Our Stories'