What can a journalist do that no one else can?

Journalists do quite a bit.

We enlighten and entertain. We further democratic values by bringing voice to the underserved and underprivileged. We promote intellectual tolerance and diversity by remaining objective heralds. Further, we keep watch on the powerful and keep watch over the powerless.

But there’s nothing special about any of these things; there’s nothing special about what a journalist can do.

With a pad and paper, anyone could do these things.

But most won’t.

Journalism isn’t unique. It isn’t exciting. It isn’t adventurous.

It is necessary.

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Author: Zachary Reger

A graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism, philosophy and film studies, Zach's primary interests lie in political reporting, media production and social philosophy.

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