I am currently working on at least one paper about the death of Walter Cronkite in 2009. I was too young to actually have watched Cronkite anchor the news, but I do find the YouTube clips to be nothing short of moving. I encourage you to go back and watch them.
Cronkite’s death touched off a round of public remembering across journalism, with many older journalists straining to communicate to younger audiences just what Cronkite meant to the nation. While nearly universally applauded, I do think there is some envy about bygone days of massive news audiences huddled in front of their televisions. Who can blame them when all the network television news milestones these days tend to be bleak.