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The Informed Citizen

What is the future of journalism? How can local journalism, so long a mainstay of community life, be revitalized? What can be done to increase news literacy and combat "fake news"? How has American journalism historically responded to periods of political upheaval and change?

Humanities Montana is offering a new catalog of programs focusing on these questions and others in order to encourage all Montanans to explore the role of journalism in a democratic society. Join the discussion in several ways:

  • Book one of more than a dozen programs from our special Informed Citizen catalog (see directions below).
  • Work with Humanities Montana staff to put together a community conversation featuring local journalists and journalism scholars—send us an email or call Kim Anderson at 406-243-6022.
  • Watch for news about presentations by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists coming to Montana later this year

You can apply for a program funded by Humanities Montana using our easy online application (identical to our Montana Conversations and Speakers in the Schools applications). All Informed Citizen discussion leaders are selected through a careful application and review process in order to assure the highest quality.

How To Apply

NOTE: applications should be submitted AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS before the date of the proposed program.

  1. First, contact the speaker directly to see if he or she is available. Please do this at least four weeks in advance of the proposed date. Contact info for each speaker can be found in the Informed Citizen catalog.
  2. Fill out the online application.
  3. Keep a record of the names, hours, and value of volunteer time. This information is required in the online final report due two weeks after your program occurs.
  4. Wait for Humanities Montana acknowledgement of support, usually about a week after we receive your application. Funding is limited and not all requests are approved.

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.