Actually, no news is bad news

…which is why we’re so proud of the work that the WGCU, NPR and PBS news teams do day-in- and-day-out to keep you apprised of what’s happening locally, nationally and internationally. In my opinion, there has never been a time when honest, intrepid journalism has been more important to the future of our experiment in democracy. And, as a child of the ’60s, I can tell you that’s saying something!

The adage that “A lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth can get its boots on.” has never been more germane. The speed with which social media platforms spread misinformation, disinformation, propaganda and lies is challenging the ability of reputable news organizations to counter with fact-based journalism through those same social media platforms and traditional broadcast media.  Public interest journalism – that which is practiced by our local news teams and for the past 50 years by NPR and PBS – as its name makes clear, has the public’s interest at the core of its mission.

We are less than three months away from what will, arguably, be the most important election in our lifetimes and, some would say, in the history of our country. Public Media journalists will be asking the hard questions, fact-checking assertions, and keeping their collective finger on the pulse of the electorate all through the conventions, debates and campaigning leading up to November 3. You can count on our reporters and hosts to maintain the highest ethical standards of journalism as they report stories, conduct interviews and provide context that illuminates, not obfuscates; enlightens, not confuses; and educates, not dumbs down the critical issues and decisions voters must make this year.

Trust WGCU to give you the facts. It’s what we do. It’s what we were built for.  


Author: Dayna Harpster