G. Wayne Miller will speak on “Where Stories Take Us,” about some of the major pieces published in print and online during the last three decades in The Providence Journal, the region’s leading media outlet –– and how they have helped shape the civic discourse, influence public policy, and further understandings of ourselves as individuals and collective members of society.
“Whether in print, online or on TV, we are bombarded with facts on a daily basis,” Miller said, “and many of those facts are important to know. But what really stays with us -- what can move us and motivate us to change -- is often not the raw data about poverty but the well-told story of a struggling single-parent family with its rich emotion, dialogue and detail. It's the personal struggle of the veteran with PTSD told intimately, against the backdrop of the numbers.”
An author, filmmaker and staff writer at The Providence Journal, Miller himself has told many such stories. A Visiting Fellow at the Pell Center, he is a member of The Journal’s Reinvent Rhode Island team, which all year has been publishing articles and videos about the Ocean State’s anemic economy. His eight-part 2011 Journal series “Coming Home: The War on Terror” told the personal stories of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and led to the Journal’s award-winning documentary movie, Coming Home, which he wrote and co-produced.