Democracy and a Free Press: Can either survive without the other?
Our democracy withers. Scholars say it is in decline. Can it be salvaged and reimagined? Only if the eyes of democracy, a strong and free press, performs its important function. But the press too is dying away. Can either survive?
WALTER V. ROBINSON is Editor At Large at the Boston Globe, where his high impact stories about local, national and international events have graced the front page since 1972. He is also the Donald W. Reynolds Visiting Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and Journalist in Residence at Northeastern University.
Robinson led the Boston Globe Spotlight Team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its investigation of the widespread sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests.
The Spotlight Team’s groundbreaking investigation exposed a decades-long cover-up that, in Boston alone, shielded the crimes of nearly 250 priests. Sixteen years later, the team's work continues to spark similar disclosures across the country and around the world. Spotlight's investigation was made into the 2015 Academy Award-winning film, “Spotlight,’’ starring Michael Keaton as Robinson.