#8 Writing for the Public: History and Journalism

Wednesday, 5 May, 11:00 am-12:30 pm PST/1:00 pm-2:30 pm CST


In this session of Under the Baobab, we think closely about how journalists write history for large audiences. In doing so, we examine the use of public history through a number of different media, including print, podcasts, webcasts, and more. Our presenters will talk about their own experiences doing history from a journalistic angle, before opening a question and answer session moderated by Jack Norton.

Jack Norton is the Chair of Normandale Community College’s Department of History and Political Science. He is an active WHA member and Chair of the Community College Committee.

Dinée Dorame is a podcaster who discusses running, culture, land and community. She is a graduate of Yale University.

David Henry Montgomery is a journalist and aspiring polymath with a drive to explain the world. Currently, he’s a data journalist with MPR News in Minnesota, using data analysis and visualizations to cover politics, the COVID-19 pandemic, and everything else. Before then, he was a data visualization journalist for CityLab. He also produces The Siècle, a multimedia project devoted to telling the story of France’s history from 1814 to 1914.

David Perry is a freelance journalist covering politics, history, education, and disability rights. He is also the Undergraduate Advisor in the History Department at the University of Minnesota.