One Book South Dakota

Host a One Book South Dakota discussion, featuring the One Book South Dakota selection and a scholar to lead the discussion. 

Groups receive the current OBSD on loan from the SDHC lending library and host a SDHC scholar for their event. Since 2003, the OBSD program has encouraged people across South Dakota to read and discuss the same book through the year.

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2018 One Book South Dakota

The 2018 One Book South Dakota is Informing the News, by Thomas E. Patterson.



Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Harvard Kennedy School and is the award-winning author of Out of Order. His research has been funded by the Ford, Markle, Smith-Richardson, Pew, Knight, Carnegie, and National Science foundations. Patterson graduated from South Dakota State University in Brookings and received his PhD from the University of Minnesota in 1971. 

About Informing the News

As the journalist Walter Lippmann noted nearly a century ago, democracy falters “if there is no steady supply of trustworthy and relevant news.” Today’s journalists are not providing it. Patterson proposes “knowledge-based journalism” as a corrective. Unless journalists are more deeply informed about the subjects they cover, they will continue to misinterpret them and to be vulnerable to manipulation by their sources. Patterson calls for nothing less than a major overhaul of journalism practice and education. This book speaks not only to journalists, but to all who are concerned about the integrity of the information on which America’s democracy depends. 




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