In his speech at the Guild's Freedom Awards Oct. 16, Joe Torres, co-author of "News for All the People: The Epic Story of Race and the American Media," challenged journalists to fight against media consolidation. "Many journalists do not believe they should be advocates of media policies dealing with ownership issues," Torres said. "I understand why many feel this way, but I respectfully disagree... Journalists have shown they are certainly not neutral when it comes to advocating for shield laws. They understand these laws are critical to allowing them to do their jobs. But so are issues determining our nation’s media ownership landscape. And whether you like it or not, newspaper owners have no problem speaking on your behalf, telling lawmakers in Washington that allowing greater consolidation will result in saving newsroom jobs. We know this isn’t true."