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Happy World Press Freedom day!

Jody Mashek (right), Legal Services Director for AFSC's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines, explains Deferred Action to a reporter from WOI TV.
Jody Mashek (right), Legal Services Director for AFSC's Immigrants Voice Program in Des Moines, explains Deferred Action to a reporter from WOI TV. Photo: Jon Krieg / AFSC

Bet you didn't know today is World Press Freedom day, did you?

Times are tough for journalists to say the least. Continuous newsroom cuts and mergers have made it hard to get the job done at legacy outlets, as fewer people are tasked with never-ending amounts of work. Wages have collapsed across the industry - though we're hopeful that new collective bargaining moves at born-digital outlets can help change some of that. And that's just for U.S.-based journalists. For journalists reporting in other countries, violence is up.

Difficult times make it even more important to stop and celebrate when you can. So in that spirit, happy World Press Freedom day. To all the journalists we've worked with and the ones we haven't met yet, thanks for all that you do to bring important stories to light. Thanks for pushing conversations forward. Thanks for helping us all do better.  

Here's a few things to do today to celebrate:

  • Buy a newspaper. Or pay for content online, whatever.

  • If you're reading free media online, click on links in the post. Then share the post widely.

  • Thank your favorite journos, on Twitter or anywhere.

  • Whatever social media you're on, help them out with likes, retweets, and shares.

  • Watch the World Press Freedom day livestream from UNESCO

  • Follow the conversation online using #WPFD2016.

What are you doing to celebrate? Who's your favorite journo? Tell us about it in the comments.


About the Author

AREAS OF EXPERTISE: Communications research | Analytics | Social inequality. Beth leads AFSC’s messaging and opinion research, which she uses to develop evidence-based communications guidance for advocates and citizens to ‘change the narrative’ on war and violence. Prior to AFSC, Beth’s research and professional work focused on health inequality in the Americas.

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