Editorial: Standard readers are entitled to correct and factual news

August 17, 2018

When a person goes to college and begins to learn the journalism trade, one of the first lessons learned is to be honest, fair and balanced in reporting. They must look at all angles of a story and make sure everything they uncover is factually correct.

We at the Aiken Standard preach those same values with our reporters, whether they have experience or are just out of school.

And we also stress “no anonymous sources.”

Today we stand with more than 200 newspapers who are writing editorials around the country denouncing attacks on the media.

It must stop for a free press means a free democracy.

Thomas Jefferson once wrote:

“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

Standard readers are entitled to as much information on a story as possible, and we will uphold those factors mentioned. It is a credibility and integrity issue.

We report news on a local level. Just recently we reported on shootings, fires, the widening of a road and a median placed at an intersection, which now has residents upset.

These are local issues that don’t come into the picture on a national level.

However, we do report on a subject that touches U.S. government issues, and that is news coming out of the Savannah River Site.

SRS is a subject that must be handled delicately. News does not often come out directly from the U.S. Department of Energy, and we have to report through other avenues.

We gather information from area politicians, public and court documents, company data and from those with field expertise.

An example of how we obtain information comes from our area officials. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson are helpful to the Standard by being credible and reliable lines of up-to-date SRS information.

With the recent lawsuit regarding MOX and the DOE, information is filed in courts and is open to public viewing.

Companies at SRS will release financial reports, and contract extensions are celebrated. Just last week, AECOM released its quarterly results.

This is how we report the news from SRS, and we will let you, the readers, know we have been correct and factual.

For the Aiken Standard and its 90 employees across all departments we will continue to make every effort to report the proper news that you deserve. And that is on the local, state and national level.

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