Journalists get a bad reputation for being salacious and digging into people's private matters. But at the end of it all, without correct reporting on events we wouldn't have history. This line from Richard Drew on being a journalist covering 9/11 sums it up.
It might be a push to compare 9/11 to other events, but the basic premise still exists. There is a sense of responsibility in the job. With phone hacking scandals, fake news and click-bait articles (from the financial pressure to grab more and more page views) damaging the world's perception of journalism, it's no wonder people are turning away from the profession.
They're not heroes like nurses, doctors and police officers can be, but they have a vital role in our society and we should look to preserve it.
There was no terror or confusion at the Associated Press. There was, instead, that feeling of history being manufactured; although the office was as crowded as he'd ever seen it, there was, instead, "the wonderful calm that comes into play when people are really doing their jobs."