Colorado Press Women joined the Society of Professional Journalists and 29 other organizations in urging the Senate Commerce Committee to hold a hearing on the state of media in the United States. The committee, which hosted a hearing on the State of Journalism in May 2009, has oversight jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission’s role in broadcast media licensing and communications networks.  “Having an open discussion where journalists can talk about their professions, the industry and explain how it all works will hopefully help rebuild trust in a pillar of our democracy, reaffirming to the American people the link between the strength of our nation’s democracy and its free press,” the groups said.  Read the letter.