Journal Star Editorial Board
This can be a joint opinion of the editorial boards of the Lincoln Journal Star and the Omaha World-Herald.
The Star Journal and World-Herald are supporting NOISE Omaha in his efforts to realize accreditation for governor’s press briefings.
The Ricketts administration refused NOISE’s admission to the briefings as a result of it views NOISE as “an advocacy group funded by liberal donors.” They aren’t mainstream media. “
Because the rise of digital-only info operations in a quickly altering media panorama creates new questions and, certainly, not simply anybody claiming to be media ought to robotically be admitted to press conferences, the implication is that something Governor Pete Ricketts deems to be advocacy – or liberal – will be banned.
It’s false, harmful and smacks of authoritarianism.
NOISE, which stands for North Omaha Info Assist Everybody, is a non-profit information website based two years in the past to concentrate on protection of Omaha minority communities. Its web site, noiseomaha.com, says the group’s objective is “to do group journalism that gives helpful info and holds representatives and techniques accountable …”
This isn’t in any respect completely different from our mission as conventional newspapers thought of mainstream media. It’s an acceptable and conventional journalistic mission.