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Professional journalism is important but endangered, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex Jones.
Jones discussed the powers and tenets of professional journalism at the New England Newspaper and Press Association’s winter convention Friday, Feb. 10. His talk on “The role and future of professional journalists in serving our democracy” focused on the responsibilities of a journalist.
Professional journalists are bestowed with the power of disseminating knowledge, Jones said.
“The revolutionary idea of passing knowledge onto people — that power is a critical role in our society. Journalists know intuitively what they are doing,” he said.
Jones said his belief that “knowledge is power” and that journalists are doing something of value by spreading that knowledge made him want to be a journalist.
Jones grew up in
a family of journalists. That gave him the opportunity both to flirt
with journalism and flee from it at the same time, he said.
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