Among their goals, he added, is to promote awareness of the role that the media plays in the community as well as to encourage more local residents to become journalists.

Mass media, Pangelinan said, is a force that is necessary in the democratic system of governance.

He said the Humanities Council has received a grant from the Federation of State Humanities Councils, which obtained funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Informed Citizen Initiative.

This project will focus on the intersection between the media and democracy; the importance of sustaining informed citizens in a democracy; and the role that the media plays in it all, Pangelinan said.

He believes that the academy format will draw students into journalism and broadcasting, and eventually pursue careers in the media industry.

He hopes that the first cohort of students of the academy will be able to model actual field work done by local media partners.

Thomas Manglona II of Rota, who has been a reporter in the CNMI and Guam, recently presented a webinar on “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” as part of the Humanities Council’s “Humanities Fridays.”

Pangelinan said Manglona’s presentation is an example of the vision behind the proposed media academy.

Manglona is currently enrolled in the master of arts program in journalism at Stanford University.

The humanities council recently conducted a media study to gauge the confidence of the community in the media.

The results of this study are currently being reviewed and will be published roughly a month or two from now.

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