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A TRIBUTE TO DAVID HALBERSTAM
David Halberstam, AP
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April 27, 2007

Bill Moyers pays tribute to journalist David Halberstam who was killed in a car crash.

Halberstam had just given the Alumni Day lecture at the University of California Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.

Part of his advice to a new crop of journalists was this:

"There is, I think, craft. I think you can keep learning, for those of you who are starting out. How do you do it?…Knowing where to look. Knowing how to build steam. Knowing how to sustain a narrative drive. How to keep a reader interested – this is a real challenge. Everybody's attention span is short. We are really competing. I mean, it used to be just television. Now it's 200 channels. It's four channels of Law and Order. There's 20 sports channels. And there's the Internet, there's the blog – every person is his or her own editor. First you have to get it right. You have to make it accurate. Then you have to learn how to dramatize it, to bring it alive, to find the people and the events that make it real. So you're not just a reporter, and you're not just a historian – not in the world we live in with all the competing forms of information. You are a playwright too. You've got to bring in the drama. Impress upon people why they need to know it…"
References and Reading:
Journalist Halberstam, Chronicler of Vietnam War, Dies at 73, PBS ONLINE NEWSHOUR
Writer Gay Talese discusses Halberstam's impact on journalism.

The Best and the Brightest, David Meecham, NEWSWEEK.com
"He changed history, for he helped change how America saw not only the war in Vietnam but the ways of Washington. Remembering David Halberstam."

"Famed Sports Author Killed in Car Crash," ESPN.com
Far more than a war correspondent or chronicler of political history — David Halberstam was a sports writer.

David Halberstam: The Salon Interview, 2001
David Halberstam talks about the prosperity of the '90s, when America thought it could afford to ignore the world -- and what we'll do now we've woken up.

PBS "Reporting America at War: David Halberstam"

Published April 27, 2007

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