I thought the speech Scott Pelley gave during his award ceremony was meaningful and profoundly well-reasoned.
Pelley spoke briefly on the history of journalism, and added that in the modern era, the “house” that has been built for reporters is “on fire.” By this, Pelley explained his meaning to be that the media is scrutinized and told how they should perform their jobs but the sources whom re most often covered: Politicians, mainly.
The news anchor for CBS News described the importance of ethics and values in reporting, and how good journalism is far more important than fast reporting. “If you’re first, no one will remember. If you’re wrong, no one will ever forget,” Pelley stated.
I enjoyed listening to his speech about the industry and the points he raised for how journalists should press onwards in the wake midst of a very difficult landscape for American journalism. As Pelley suggested, all reporters should, above all else, ensure that their work it true, honest, fair and accurate. Without dutiful and balanced reporting, the media will suffer extreme backlash in society.
I also found his statement to be humble, particularly due to his heartfelt and humorous introduction to his speech. He told jokes, showing off his personality some, and he admitted his reluctance to accept an award for simply doing his job well and also for doing what he thought was the right thing to do–report honestly and fairly.