- Journalism is part of the bedrock of our democratic society. “Journalism exposes corruption, draws attention to injustice, holds politicians and businesses accountable for their promises and duties. It informs citizens and consumers, helps organize public opinion, explains complex issues and clarifies essential disagreements. Journalism plays an irreplaceable role in both democratic politics and market economies.”1
- Journalism reminds us of our freedoms. A 2012 survey showed only 13 percent of respondents were able to name freedom of the press as one of five freedoms protected by the First Amendment. “While Americans remain generally supportive of First Amendment freedoms, it’s clear that as a nation we need to re-energize our efforts to provide education about those rights, starting with understanding what they are.”2
- Journalism emphasizes the importance of truth-tellers and explainers. “Journalists are not merely purveyors of facts.”3 They carry out vital work in the public interest. Continue reading
We have an abundance of opportunities in America, but don’t always take advantage of our good fortune.
We have access to the Internet – the greatest library of all time – but we don’t always use it wisely, according to “The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don’t Trust Anyone Under 30)” by Mark Bauerlein
Information overload is a constant threat in the digital age. It’s something we deal with not just when going online, but when shopping. Continue reading