Quotes: Journalism

(information and viewpoints that are constantly shifting courses in the midst of ever-changing news; knowing which perspectives to put into and what to keep out of a newspaper)

1. The occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business.
2. writing that reflects superficial thought and research, a popular slant, and hurried composition, conceived of as exemplifying topical newspaper or popular magazine writing as distinguished from scholarly writing: "He calls himself a historian, but his books are mere journalism."


Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist.
—Oscar Wilde

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
—Ben Hecht (1893-1964)

It’s amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.
—Jerry Seinfeld (1954- )

One swell thing about the United States is that newspapers can print whatever stories they want. Another one is that nobody has to read them.
—Dave Barry

A news sense is really a sense of what is important, what is vital, what has color and life—what people are interested in. That’s journalism.
—Burton Rascoe

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
—Matthew Arnold

Politicians and journalists share the same fate in that they often understand tomorrow the things they talk about today.
—Helmut Schmidt

All day long, Hollywood reporters lie in the sun, and when the sun goes down, they lie some more.
—Frank Sinatra

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
—Gore Vidal (1925- )

Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it [to stay].
—Russel Lynes

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