Growing up I aspired to be a reporter and broadcast journalist. I watched the evening news with my family and looked up to legends like Diane Sawyer, Oprah Winfrey and Anderson Cooper, impressed by their worldliness and courage in reporting on critical world issues. In my eyes the responsibility of a journalist and of the media was important, and to some degree sacred. While there isn’t an oath required of such professionals, there had always been an underlying expectation of civic accountability to inform the public of the truth and to grow awareness of underrepresented stories, effectively bringing the world closer together. Admittedly, this notion may have been highly idealistic.
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