The language of the First Amendment leaves no doubt about the importance the Founding Fathers placed on free and open discourse. As the press is the only non-governmental institution specifically mentioned in the Constitution, the Founders surely realized the importance of its role in democracy. The interconnectedness of today’s world makes free and open exchange of information crucial. Journalism was never more important to democracy and to a free society than now.

It is imperative for this world-class research institution, and for the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, to help lead the way.

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