truth, government, journalism, community
Growing up in the years after Watergate, I became a true believer in the power of the press to make society better by reporting on government’s corruption, lies, ineptitudes, and inefficiencies—as well as genuine public service, improvements, and accomplishments. In junior high school, I wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper critiquing the city garbage trucks in my neighborhood that left a trail of trash in their wake. In high school, I reported for the school newspaper about events and people as well as things I thought could be improved. I worked as a journalist during and after college, covering local politics and government, police, and courts. As a graduate journalism student with a White House press credential, I reported from the Senate Press Gallery during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.
Carter, Edward L.
"“Truth Is the Only Ground” How Journalism Contributes to Good Government,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 61:
1, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol61/iss1/19