Our View

Apr 052005
Authors: Andrew Woerpel

It is the end of an era.

Peter Jennings was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and treatments may hinder his ability to be on the air.

He will be the third and final trademark face of evening news to leave the industry within the past year.

Dan Rather of CBS signed off from his position as anchor for "60 Minutes II," after source material from a report claiming President Bush received special treatment while in the National Guard during the 1960s couldn't be proven, and Tom Brokaw of NBC retired in December 2004.

These journalists paved the way for the world of journalism. They were credited with being fair and accurate in their reporting – setting aside Rather's recent slipup – and people looked to them with trust. After the Jayson Blair scandal with the New York Times in 2004, the public now sees an age of sensational, inaccurate journalism, not the same as the hard-hitting, fact-reporting journalists of the past.

With the loss of people such as Rather, Brokaw and possibly Jennings, younger journalists, including us at the Collegian, need to step up to prove that ethics still exist in the journalism world and that the public can still place its trust in reported news. However, with these losses also comes a chance for people to move into their places and create a new age in reporting.

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