Reader: Independent journalists still deliver the news 


In response to the December letter ("Change or perish"), the author of the letter says newspapers are "dying a slow death." Nope! The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and others are alive and thriving, doing investigative journalism that could well bring down a corrupt president. Their online versions break news on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. The New Yorker magazine exposed the sexual abuses of a Hollywood mogul, and helped launch the #MeToo movement. Without independent journalists, the plight of "children in cages" would never have come to light. Closer to home, the Colorado Springs Independent has done award-winning work on local issues of corruption and bias.

While social media is great at getting news headlines out to the public, it will never replace hard-hitting, in-depth news investigations. Journalists speak truth to power, stand up to intimidation and burrow below the surface to get to the real truth.

Consumers of news would be well-served to look behind the headlines of social media, past alternative facts and bellowing tweets, to the in-depth reporting only professional, independent journalists can deliver.

— Peg Rooney

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