10/2: News Engagement Day and Beyond The Headlines


Eau Claire (WISCONSIN HUMANITIES COUNCIL) – Throughout the month of October, the Wisconsin Humanities Council is joining in an effort to connect citizens and journalists talk to talk face-to-face, share knowledge and confront urgent local issues with “Beyond the Headlines.”

“Beyond the Headlines” will be featured in five communities across the state, each focusing on a different issue. Eau Claire will be focusing on poverty.

Dave Gordon and Mike Huggins stopped by News 18 to talk about the events throughout the month including Tuesday’s News Engagement Day.

News Engagement Day is coordinated by the national organization of college Journalism professors to encourage people to read, watch, like, tweet, post, listen to or comment on news and to learn more about news reporting principles. It was created to encourage engagement with news and to promote better understanding of the principles and processes of journalism in a democratic society.

In addition to News Engagement Day, starting on Oct. 2, students in the grades 7th-12th can get involved with an essay and visual contest. The effort to get get students involved and to think more about the role the news media play in providing the information that citizens need in order to govern themselves knowledgeably.

Each contest will have a monetary 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize. Entries are due by Oct. 11 and winners will be announced at the “Beyond the Headlines” headliner event on Oct. 25.

To enter and to see other area events for “Beyond the Headlines” click here.

Katie Phernetton

Katie Phernetton

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