All over the world, journalists are dedicated to providing you with accurate and timely news to inform you of the happenings of where you live, the next state over, or across the world. Journalists work hard, often long and varying hours to get the news to your lap (or text for your phone). Today is the day where we nationally recognize newspeople for all that they do…
It’s National Hug A Newsperson Day!
There are thousands of journalists nationwide who cover everything and anything. Between the local newsperson giving you information about the events happening in your town, or the national correspondent keeping up with the White House and everyone in between, they’re all important. Without them, we wouldn’t know about everything going on around us.
Not only do journalists supply information to the public, but they also have an important role as a watchdog of sorts. Many things would otherwise go unnoticed without journalists and their passion. According to a 2016 study from the Pew Research Center, 75 percent of Americans believe that news organizations keep political leaders from doing “things that shouldn’t be done.”
This is especially true in today’s political climate, where shouts of “Fake News!” spout from Twitter fingers.
Despite the danger journalists face, they continue working regardless of the potential consequences. According to the Associative Press, from January 01st, 2018 to December 19th, 2018, 53 journalists were killed in “retaliation for their work.” The Associative Press (AP) also said that the imprisonment of journalists in foreign lands is on the rise.
Current journalists exist in a changing world due to the increase of technological advances and the ease of access of getting news on mobile phones and other small devices. As a result, they are continuously adapting to the advancing world around them to ensure that news is still out there, whether you choose to watch it on TV, read it on your phone, or pick up a copy of a newspaper.
April 04th is each year’s date to give a simple “Thank You” to the journalists who go above and beyond for coverage. Even if you can’t find a journalist to hug, extend a virtual thank you for all that they do.
Let’s show the newspeople around the world that they’re appreciated, that their hard work is being noticed, and that we care.