Walter Cronkite embodied all that journalism should be: open, honest, credible, and truthful. I fear the passing of Cronkite signals the end to an era when journalism stayed true to the fundamentals it was built upon.

Cronkite’s passing comes at an interesting time – when journalism is being transformed by new media. The longtime CBS News anchor’s dedication to informing the public in a credible manner should serve as a reminder of how we should be reporting news, even at a time when technology is changing the media landscape.

Being a journalist is an awesome responsibility. Cronkite carried the weight of that responsibility seriously. He knew he had an obligation to deliver the stories that millions of Americans not only wanted to know, but also needed to know. His “no frills,” straightforward style will be missed.

Cronkite set the standard.