Ramos on Saving Journalism

Mr. Ronnie Ramos, executive editor of the online news site Daily Memphian, spoke in chapel about the state of journalism and the vital role it plays in chronicling the day and holding people and organizations accountable.
Nonprofit news organizations like the Daily Memphian are springing up all over the country to “invest purely in journalism,” he said.

“It’s a challenging time for journalism but also a very energizing time,” he said. “We are on the brink of finding a new model that will work and hopefully save journalism. … You all have a stake in this.”  Ramos listed some steps people can take to be discerning news consumers:
  • Understand that journalism is not just a job; it’s part of our democratic system of checks and balances.
  • Understand the difference between news reporting and entertainment or opinion.
  • Be aware of where your news comes from.
  • Keep the truth alive, and do not post material that is inaccurate.
In closing, Ramos said, “What do we think this world could be like if you had really good journalism surviving, and thriving, and making a difference? As Jake said at the end of Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, ‘Isn’t it pretty to think so?’”

Ramos is pictured with Editors-in-Chief of The Owl’s Hoot Dex Jack, left, and Forest Rudd, right.
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