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NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw was in New Haven on Tuesday for a talk on “The Future of Journalism”.

Tom Brokaw spoke to a packed auditorium of Yale University students and New Haven area residents about momentous changes in the world of journalism. "There was a time not so very long ago when in the early evening there were only 2 news planets in the sky in America: The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite and the Huntley-Brinkley Report on NBC." 

Now,  he says, we live in a richer but more confusing world of constant communication and information.  Brokaw cautioned people to think  critically about where they get their news.  "Just because a statement lands on your laptop or PDA via website, does not make that statement true. That same vigilance is required of the traditional media as well. And remember this. Most bloggers are not journalists. They’re freelance commentators unrestrained by the facts or  editorial context and integrity".

Brokaw says he wouldn’t want bloggers to go away, because its important for the traditional news media to take in ideas as well as send them out.  After 50 years in journalism, Brokaw says he’s arrived at one enduring conclusion. "he people take us seriously.  And we fulfill our obligation to them and our place when we return the favor".

Tom Brokaw was a guest speaker as part of Yale’s Poynter Fellowship series.