Growing up in the UK in the 70s and 80s, one sometimes heard mention of Cronkite.
A word synonymous with the news, rather than a person who read it. It sounded like a fantastic material – an element, unbendable and unbreakable that history was made of; over there in the wonderland of Shuttles and Star Wars.
Rules of an essayist
Sevareid speaking in his farewell essay, shared his self-imposed rules of journalism that guided his essays:
- Not to underestimate the intelligence of the audience, and not to over estimate it’s information.
- To elucidate when one can, more than to advocate.
- To retain the courage of one’s doubts, as well as one’s convictions, in this world of dangerously passionate certainties.
- To comfort oneself in times of error, with the knowledge that the saving grace of the press, print or broadcast is it’s self-correcting nature.
“…when society values the impulsive spoken outburst, over the reasoned elegance of the written word, the implications for an informed citizenry are dire.”