101 Reasons Why We Need Journalism

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Reason #1- To tell us where the candidates stand

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It’s a midterm election year and lots of states like Alabama are not only elected members of Congress, but also governors and individuals to other statewide offices.

Here in Alabama, we have already held a primary for many of the statewide races.  But, there is an upcoming run-off election on July 13, 2010.

Besides Republican voters deciding on a candidate for governor,  Democratic voters in my Congressional District (Alabama’s 7th) will have to decide between two African American women as the nominee.  They are Sheila Smoot and Terri Sewell.

Courtesy:al.com

The Birmingham News’  Washington Correspondent Mary Orndorff exemplifies the reason we need journalists.

In her story “How Sewell, Smoot stand on the issues,” she outlined each of the candidates’ positions on jobs, health care, debt, war, and energy.

Orndorff is showing how journalists act as the independent monitor of power, which was suggested as one of the elements of journalism.

At the time of this posting, Orndorff is further exemplifying this importance of journalists in her coverage of the confirmation hearings of Elena Kagan.

Read her postings on her Sweet Home Potomac blog.

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Written by George Daniels

June 29, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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