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January 28, 2019

The County Library and The Salt Lake Tribune to Host “Free Press = Free Society: Why Journalism Matters”

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah—In an effort to provide the public with a better understanding of the challenges facing journalists, the County Library’s Tyler branch will host a discussion with Jennifer Napier-Pearce, editor of The Salt Lake Tribune.

Napier-Pearce will discuss the role a free press plays in ensuring a free society, obstacles newspeople face when reporting, how journalists do their jobs, ways to determine the validity of news stories in the Internet age, mass media theories and more.

“The First Amendment of the U.S Constitution guarantees the right of a free press, yet journalists in America are often derided as ‘the enemy of the people’ and their work is dismissed as ‘fake’,” Napier-Pearce said. “Protecting journalism is more important to our democracy than ever.”

Attendees will also have an opportunity to ask Napier-Pearce questions and comment on and discuss material covered during the event.  Pocket Constitutions will be handed out as well.

“The County Library, which opposes censorship and fights to protect the First Amendment, is happy to host this important event,” said Liz Sollis, County Library Marketing and Communications Manager. “Based on all of the recent conversations about the First Amendment, facts and fake news, this will be a great community program held at the perfect location: the County Library.”

What: Free Press = Free Society: Why Journalism Matters
When: Tuesday, February 5, 7 pm
Where: Library’s Tyler Branch, 8041 Wood St.


About Jennifer Napier-Pearce

Jennifer Napier-Pearce is editor of The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah’s largest daily newspaper, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017. Prior to her work at The Tribune, Jennifer served as news director, anchor, host and reporter at both KUER and KCPW. She has received numerous top awards from the Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Utah Broadcasters Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), Top of the Rockies and other organizations.  She regularly moderates community events and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Utah. Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and a master’s degree from Stanford University.

About The Salt Lake Tribune

The Tribune is Utah’s independent voice. Building on a legacy of courageous, watchdog journalism, we strive to tell stories that are interesting, important and inclusive. Dedicated to fairness and accuracy, we aim to engage and empower you—our readers.

About Salt Lake County Library Services

Salt Lake County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.

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