The DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy is Duke University’s hub for the study of journalism. We study the interaction between news media and policy; we support watchdog and accountability reporting in the U.S. and around the world; and we teach about the media’s role in democracy.

About The Center

Welcome Shepley Chair!

Dr. Philip Napoli of Rutgers University will join the DeWitt Wallace Center and Sanford School in the fall of 2016 as the James R. Shepley Chair. Professor Napoli's research focuses on media institutions and policy.

Our Team

Melcher & Futrell Awards Announced!

Congratulations to Futrell Award recipient, Laura Gentile; Melcher Award recipient Andrew Kragie '15, and to Melcher Award, honorable mention, Mumbi Kanyogo '19!

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The Story of DeWitt Wallace: The Original Aggregator

The legacy of DeWitt and Lila Wallace

Bill Green “succeeded in putting Duke on the map”

“He was here during Terry Sanford’s first years, and he really did guide that strategy for getting all kinds of press coverage at Duke. The difference between Duke before Sanford and Duke after Sanford is just astonishing in terms of the degree to which Duke was in the news.” Joel Fleishman Learn More

Q&A: Futrell award-winner, espnW founder Laura Gentile

"I love the fact that espnW [is] really filling a void, and one not everybody saw. That for future generations of athletes and young girls, they now have a place to look to see women doing amazing things. Not only as athletes, but leading from a business perspective and supporting one another and setting a different tone about the role that women can play in sports." Learn More