What Is the Press?

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The press is the news media. Members of the press work to gather facts and then present those facts to the public. The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that the government cannot interfere with the work of the press.

Press members include journalists for newspapers, magazines, radio, Internet news sites and television. Some of these professionals work in war-torn areas and in other dangerous situations. Professionals called "anchors" work on television to provide details of newsworthy events that happen throughout the day or night.

Some members of the press work at the White House to ask questions of the Press Secretary, who works directly with the president. These professionals deliver information to the public about what is happening in the White House.