Originally Published: June 6, 2016 6:01 a.m.
Without news, where would the world be?
In the dark.
Blind and uninformed.
Today, Monday, June 6, is a day set aside to raise awareness of the threats to journalists around the world … the people who risk their lives daily to let you know what is happening in every corner of the globe.
Over 2,200 journalists have died in the pursuit “of the story.”
Their names are on the Journalists Memorial at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
We enter this profession to ensure the non-bias free flow of information, to bring to light hidden facts and to protect the First Amendment’s freedom of speech and press.
No one said it better than Walter Cronkite, “I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause - but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it’s a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they’re not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they’re preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can’t be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism.”
The “true sense” definition of the word “liberal” is: Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
A true journalist walks the middle, with an open and “liberal” mind, bringing citizens all sides of an issue so they can make up their own minds.
A true journalist leaves their families, friends and the comfort of their homes. They work nights, weekends and holidays while others traditionally play and rest. They sleep with the scanner by their head. They follow the lights and sirens, they go toward the disaster while others flee, they put themselves in harm’s way.
They bring the world’s stories to you.