In the Sept. 17 story about Dan Kane winning the McCulloch Award for Courage in Journalism, there was one quotation in particular that held my attention. John Robinson, lecturer in the UNC-CH School of Media and Journalism, said, “Dan and The N&O did what so many newspapers used to do and so few do now, stay on the story until they get their questions answered.”
As a former public information officer who worked extensively with the news media, I agree wholeheartedly with Robinson. The N&O’s support of Kane’s investigation of alleged academic and athletic irregularities at UNC-Chapel Hill, coupled with his tenacious pursuit of verifiable sources and facts, contributed directly to his selection for this prestigious award.
Robinson’s statement also points up one of the critical functions of the print media today, especially daily newspapers, to conduct thorough investigative reporting on issues of concern to the community. For at a time when “newsbytes” are routinely reported by much of the popular media as “stories of the day,” the need for comprehensive newspapers, such as The N&O, and for journalists who know their craft, such as Dan Kane, has never been more essential for keeping the public informed.
Arthur L. Clark