Here's how one journalist describes the state of the industry today:

"Besides informing the public on what is going on around them near and far, journalism can amplify the voices of those who otherwise may not feel heard," said Samantha Kar of Portland. "Journalism initiates a range of conversations, from being lighthearted to meaningful to pressing and vital. In today's digital age, it is crucial that the truth is reported and out there in the midst of pandemonium."