What is "news" ? Basically, that which is new. Specifically, information which is new. Responsibly, information that has an effect on members of society. That’s it in a nutshell without getting all high, mighty and righteous. Journalism is concerned with getting facts straight and uncovering information to bring it to public attention. It's a fairly straightforward concept. It however does not need to be approached as if by Miss Gulch as portrayed in The Wizard Of Oz. You remember Elmira Gulch … the lighthearted gal who rode a bicycle as if possessed and threatened to destroy Dorothy's Toto. She didn’t get out much it seems. One of the grand masters of relating news to the public was Walter Cronkite. I use the word relate, rather than dictate… because it was not only his intelligence and integrity but his warmth which imparted information. With integrity and intelligence you can impart accurate information to an audience. Add warmth, and a human quality to the mix and you will impart information to a greater audience, thereby fulfilling your adopted responsibility of informing the greatest number of people possible. A teaspooon of sugar helps the medicine go down. The Edward R Murrows and Eric Sevareids of broadcast news were the gold standard of accurate information. Don’t forget Charles Kuralt (a North Carolina native) was in the same graduating class, as was Walter Cronkite. I have no problem with making information entertaining where appropriate. Neither did these guys. Some so called news purists get their knuckles in a bunch over the blend of levity and effective communication. Ive heard them say…"that’s not real news". What theyre doing is getting hung up on a definition and not paying attention to the topic proper. That’s a mistake. I met Walter Cronkite once at CBS Black Rock Headquarters in New York. I was a young radio newscaster at WCBS Radio and he had stopped in to record some Discovery channel piece. He was just as human and gracious as an "Uncle Walter" should be. Walter just explained stuff to people …. which my friends, is what its all about.