Press freedom is your freedom, according to the first amendment “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press;”
What people don’t understand is that this right isn’t only to protect journalists, news producers, or news anchors it also protects you, the people of the United States of America.
With this right we can share a post on Facebook, we are able to tweet our opinions, we can chat on snapchat, and we are all journalists just without the pen and paper.
But of course, this also means that people think because we have this right that they can spread lies and misinformation, now this can be considered fake news.
No, this isn’t the fake news trump talks about, I’m talking about the type of fake news that is made up stories the kind that is designed to deceive you. We all have a responsibility to share carefully, make sure you know who the sources are if they are reliable or the facts are verifiable because we don’t want to be part of the problem but part of the solution.
It’s sad when Trump is at one of his rallies and the first thing he does is bash the media for being there, like hello who else do you think is going to cover you? You’re the president of the United States it’s a big deal, not just that but the supporters make it a point to attack the media like if they are protesting the president, sit down Trump supporters it isn’t that serious.
No one is against your precious president. Thomas Jefferson said that he’d rather have newspapers without a country than a country without newspapers and I’m guessing that was for a good reason. If the people can’t trust the press, then they won’t believe what the press puts out into the public.
Stop making it known that the media is fake and stop threatening to shut us up because if you do you aren’t only silencing the media but also the people. I, as a student journalist, find it very important to be able to speak my opinion through a newspaper because without it I would feel useless and I would feel that I have no rights when I know I do.
Being able to write this opinion article in this newspaper every week not only helps me but helps others understand that they can also speak out for what they believe in because we are protected by that right.
I am giving students the right to voice their opinion, no matter what I am always going to have an opinion on what’s right or what’s wrong because the First Amendment says I can. It’s important for student journalists to know that their voice counts and that they are doing the right thing when it comes to making this into a career. It’s important not to feel scared because of what we are standing up for.
It’s okay to have people hate you for what you say because that means you are doing your job, so what if they get hurt? All we are doing is stating facts and the truth they can either take it or leave it.
Journalists have lost their lives doing this job, they died while seeking the truth, but they didn’t die so that the new generation of journalist can be scared and run away from people threatening to shut us up. I am a watchdog in the media, not a cheerleader, I will always share the truth that powerful people would rather conceal, and I am the force that holds our leaders accountable for their actions.
We are all a part of the Media take it as you want, but this is our right it’s up to us to continue to appreciate the freedom we have and demand that it stays protected.