How often do we ask the question “What’s new?” when we meet friends or family? That question epitomizes our intrinsic human need to know what is happening around us, a need enshrined in our own Constitution’s protection for freedom of the press. We may not always like the answers to our questions. We may even debate the validity of those answers. But without knowing, how can we make wise decisions that affect our lives and the lives of our children? True journalists live to serve that need and respect the value of truth.
“Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.”
Henry Anatole Grunwald