The president and general manager of WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia hopes the murders of his two employees don’t scare journalists away from doing their jobs. In a live conversation with Poynter’s News University, Jeffrey Marks looked into the camera and said he wanted to get on his “high horse” for a moment.
“The job of a journalist is to investigate,” he said. “It requires brave people, whether you’re going out into the fields of Afghanistan or into city hall. And that is what we need. It’s not about being on television. It’s not about being on radio. It’s not about getting that byline. It’s about the responsibility of the Fourth Estate… Make sure to align your goals with the tradition of investigation, finding out the truth and helping people understand the world as a result.”