‘Trib Talk’: Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce on the importance and role of the free press

(Chris Detrick | Tribune file photo) Jennifer Napier-Pearce poses for a portrait outside her home in Salt Lake City on Friday July 29, 2016. Napier-Pearce gave an address this week, hosted by the Salt Lake County Library, on the importance and role of the free press.

The free press, included in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, is among the foundational principles of American democracy.

But recent years have seen trying times for journalists, as newsrooms across the country contract under market pressures and the media is derided as ‘fake news’ and ‘the enemy of the people’ by readers, viewers and individuals in the highest levels of the government.

On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” Salt Lake Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce speaks about the role of a free press in society, and why journalism matters.

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