Today, across the country, news organizations are using their voice to take issue with the accusation that our profession is an “enemy of the people” and that it’s “dangerous.” Nothing could be further from the truth. Most journalists work very hard, at relatively low pay, to offer news necessary for an informed citizenry. As a regional news site, NJ Spotlight has largely been kept out of the fray of the whole "fake news” debates. And we like to think of ourselves as a friend of New Jersey.
We began this journey eight years ago because the news business was under assault, not by the government but by changes in technology that destroyed our former business model. Our goal was to continue our mission of delivering unbiased but thorough information that the public needed. And we’ve had fun doing it.
But now we find our profession under assault again, this time by political leaders. So, we at NJ Spotlight find it necessary to join more than an estimated 900 other journalism organizations in.
We’re not perfect. Journalists make mistakes. And at NJ Spotlight we hope you call us out each and every time, when warranted. But the task we and our peers seek to fulfill has never been more critical.
We hope this small defense of journalism is taken as it’s meant — a show of solidarity and a reminder of what we’re working to do. Your support in that task has meant a lot, and we thank you.
— Lee Keough, Editor in Chief
— John Mooney, Chief Executive Officer
"It is not the press’s job to save the United States from Mr Trump. It is the press’s job to report, delve, analyse and scrutinise as best it can and without fear” - from @guardian. Keep an eye on this today: https://t.co/s8TgAh5gwN. #FreePress #PressFreedom— SanneSchim (@SanneSchim) August 16, 2018
The United States News Agency joins hundreds of US news organizations in confronting President Trump's assault on journalists and a free press.#FreePress #FreedomOfThePress #FreeSpeech #FirstAmendment #UnitedStatesNewsAgency #Trump #Censorship #JohnBrennan@nytimes @BostonGlobe pic.twitter.com/6zyPeyPfEf— US News Agency (@USANewsAgency) August 16, 2018
OPINION: McClatchy’s newsrooms joined hundreds of publishers across the country to speak out about the dangers of President Trump's war on journalists. #FreePress #readlocal #oped https://t.co/xtvfnfOW6m— McClatchy (@mcclatchy) August 16, 2018
Think your enemy is the press? So does every tyrant and corrupt politician | Editorial https://t.co/ssJnJko3kG— The Star-Ledger (@starledger) August 16, 2018