When Truth Mattered

By Robert Giles

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Added May 3, 2021

When Truth Mattered is an account of a young editor and his staff painstakingly pursuing the truth of the Kent State shootings on May 4, 1970, a tragedy that has haunted the nation for 50 years and significantly changed the debate about the Vietnam War. The heart-pounding story captures the flash of National Guard rifles, the bloody aftermath of four students killed and nine wounded, and the stress of reporters hurrying to sort fact from fiction for a horrified world wanting to know "what" and "why." The Beacon Journal's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage created a truthful narrative that has stood unchallenged and unchanged for five decades. When Truth Mattered shows how journalism was done right ... and how those standards must still be applied today.

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