Some years ago, the Poynter Institute asked journalists to send photos of their favorite quotes posted in newsrooms across the country. I keep going back to this piece for inspiration (click on the image above for the entire list). While the digital revolution has brought many technological changes, the essential importance of a free press remains the same. From the Prince George Citizen in British Columbia:
I’ll leave you with Supreme Court Justices Black and Douglas concurring in New York Times v United States (the so-called Pentagon Papers case).
In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy. The press was to serve the governed, not the governors. The Government’s power to censor the press was abolished so that the press would remain forever free to censure the Government. The press was protected so that it could bare the secrets of government and inform the people. Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government.
With warmest regards,