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New Media, the Newspaper Crisis, and the Future of Democracy

June 15, 2019 @ 9:15 am - 4:00 pm

Local newspapers have long been essential contributors to public debates, investigations of government institutions, economic information, community identities, and demo- cratic political life.The rise of new social media and the rapid decline of newspapers, however, is now transforming the ways in which news is gathered, communicated, and linked to civic life.This seminar will examine the current newspaper crisis and explore its implications for the future of democratic public life in the United States.Three experts with wide knowledge of the modern press and public insti- tutions will help us understand how the decline of newspa- pers is affecting our access to news as well as the patterns of civic engagement in contemporary American communities.


The Supreme Court, the First Amendment, and Bad Journalism

William P. Marshall,William Rand Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law

How News Deserts Hinder Democracy

Erinn Whitaker, Senior Research Associate in Media and Journalism and Teaching Assistant Professor of Peace,War, and Defense

Fake News, the Demise of Local Newspapers, and the Future of Democracy

Ferrel Guillory, Professor of the Practice of Media and Journalism and Director, Program on Public Life

Can a Vibrant Democracy and Civic Life Survive Without Good Newspapers?

A panel discussion with our speakers



9:15am-4:00pm, Saturday, June 15. The tuition is $125 ($115 until June 4). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($57.50 until January 18). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch on Saturday is $15.00.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register here or call us at 919.962.1544. 

Registrants will receive a packet containing background readings, a map to the seminar location, and more about 2-3 weeks before the program date. 


June 15, 2019
9:15 am - 4:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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