It has come to our attention that there have been increasing questions regarding the purpose of The Pelican News. Criticisms of its work from students and administration alike have come to us by word of mouth, public and private Facebook comments, emails and other avenues.
We set this letter forward, not to defend, but to restate our intentions as a newspaper for JPCatholic and the larger Escondido community.
The Pelican News, as any respectable publication, exists to present facts and be a reputable source of information; facts which are always backed by a number of interviews, sources, and research.
With every story published, we strive for this level of professionalism.
Additionally, The Pelican News is a tool of communication for JPCatholic and the larger Escondido community. Every article written aims to open lines of dialogue and present its readers with substantial information otherwise unnoticed by leaders, students, or others community members.
Our intention is never malicious or slanderous. Nor is it to fuel rumors. We work hard to check the facts in the stories we tell, and we present those facts. The interpretation of the facts is left to the reader.
“Facts are stubborn things,” said John Adams, “and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” This is the drive of journalism. It keeps readers informed and holds leaders accountable.
We realize the current culture thinks to the contrary; that news products are divisive, fake, biased, subvert the facts, or are useless. In our time as editors, and especially now, we have faced similar charges. While some organizations may fall guilty to these claims, we do not. We have not.
And again, we work to present the facts; facts which are the foundation of our stories. With the help of our accomplished mentor Kevin Culbertson, the editors and writers of The Pelican News have worked hard over the past year and a half to make a reputable product, and to follow all the guidelines necessary for honest and ethical journalism. And we respectfully ask for the reader’s trust.
Kristen Lavan and James Barrows