Some Things Will Not Change
Amid industry uncertainty, our values — and our mission — will stand firm
Today, readers of The Dallas Morning News will notice substantial changes to the print edition of the newspaper. These changes are outlined by our publisher, Grant Moise, elsewhere in the paper. But amid the newly remade print edition of this newspaper, we want to note what is not changing: Our values and our focus on serving the community that we live in, that reads us and that is engaged in improving the lives of those around us.
It’s hard to write about the values of a newspaper without first taking stock of the value proposition of journalism in America. So let us start with a sense of purpose. A newspaper has a unique opportunity to help a community engage in a robust conversation with itself and about itself. Without a newspaper that covers a city’s government, that writes about its problems, that probes solutions, and that brings to a mass audience details about its people, it is exceedingly difficult for a community to get a sense of where it is headed and why.
Newspapers aren’t the only institutions critical to a community developing a deep understanding of itself, of course. But newspapers are among the few institutions that enable a community to get information on a daily basis about the issues coursing through its streets. To that end, this editorial page remains committed to a core set of values. Those values start with the principles articulated so well in what we call “The Rock of Truth,” that slab affixed to the front of this paper’s former building on Young Street and that has been recreated in the lobby of our new headquarters on Commerce Street.
The Rock of Truth states plainly the im portance of building the news upon “truth and righteousness” as well as “fairness and integrity” and the “right of the people to get from the newspaper both sides of every important question.”
To help accomplish this, the editorial page of this newspaper will remain focused on key issues and stories that help engage our community in critical debates about our path forward. We’ve always believed that people matter and that individual liberty matters, so we have long supported the rights of people to pursue their own destinies. We’ve opposed barriers to the hopes and dreams of every person, and have long recognized that public policy can just as easily inhibit someone’s opportunities as it can alleviate the ill it is aimed at resolving.
In the coming year, we will continue to focus on southern Dallas. We’ve also launched three areas of engagement that we will advance in the coming year. These include the fight against the scourge of human trafficking, a specific focus on what’s required of public education when teaching students in poverty, and a push to encourage more members of our community to be civically engaged, to vote, to participate in public debate and to find ways to serve in the community.
By its nature, an editorial page writes about a lot of tough issues that are very much in the public eye and open for debate. We’ll never shy away from such debate, and we hope that one last thing will not change either: that readers remain engaged with us as we contribute to the crucial debates facing our community.