Why journalism matters

The survival of any democracy depends largely on a press corps that doggedly holds our leaders accountable. These people may be PTA members, council members, state senators or congressmen.

As newsrooms shrink, there are fewer watchdogs available to keep us informed- so we too can hold them accountable. It’s something that troubles me immensely, and I thought about that a lot during our trip to Cuba, where there is no free press to speak of. It’s a frightening thing to think of, to think we could live in a country where you don’t have watchdogs to do the hard and important work that is journalism.

If you need a sobering reminder of the role the press plays in our lives or any doubt that it is critical for the survival, success and stability of our country, please read the latest stories by The Washington Post on the woman who approached reporters with a false story about Roy Moore.

 

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