75+ INTERESTING QUOTES ABOUT JOURNALISM

A cynical, mercenary, demagogic press will produce in time a people as base as itself.        – Joseph Pulitzer


A free press doesn’t mean it’s not a tame press. – Andrew Vachss


All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception, and regard for anyone’s feelings. – Denis Diderot


And, as a reporter, sometimes you need to fight back. If the president declares real stories fake, the record must be corrected. If a president attempts to block reporters from covering the work of his administration, we need to fight back. If a president attempts to use the tools of law enforcement to target reporters for doing their jobs, reporters and news organizations need to fight back. – Jonathan Karl


As we are advocating for the freedom of the press all over the world, we should also ensure that the pressmen and women are not corrupt people in journalism. If not, the purpose of press freedom is already defeated. – Bamigboye Olurotimi


Authentic journalism is telling people something that the government doesn’t want them to know. – Gary Webb


Better a good journalist than a poor assassin. – Jean-Paul Sartre


But while a photograph may tell a thousand words, it doesn’t tell the full story.                  – Beatriz Williams


By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. – Oscar Wilde


Don’t oppose mass surveillance for your own sake. Oppose it for the activists, lawyers, journalists, and all of the other people our liberty relies on. – Thor Benson


Effective and ethical journalism is destroyed when journalists aspire to become celebrities and when celebrities aspire to be journalists. – H. Melvin James


Enlighten the people, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like evil spirits at the dawn of day. – Thomas Jefferson


Everyone with a phone is a “journalist” these days. Traditional mainstream media resent that loss of power and market share, and so they have had their journalists diversify into owned political activists. – Robert Black


Everything is in the way the material is composed. – Joseph O’Connor


Exposing corruption, brandishing truth. – Chris Cleave


Factualized fiction is always better than fictionalized facts. – Vineet Raj Kapoor


Fighting for truth is not a sentimental act based on emotion, but an act of courage based on clarity. – Stephanie Rutt


Free and independent media underpin any vibrant democracy. – Oscar Auliq-Ice


Freedom of expression is a basic expression of freedom. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana


Freedom of speech gives us the right to offend others, whereas freedom of thought gives them the choice as to whether or not to be offended. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana


Gone are the days when media reported now they are reported. – Amit Abraham


History always misrepresents the past, just as journalism always misrepresents the present. – Marty Rubin


I became a journalist because I did not want to rely on newspapers for information.           – Christopher Hitchens


I didn’t become a reporter to dutifully record the words of the people in power. I became a reporter, in part, to hold those in power accountable. – Jonathan Karl


I don’t think a tough question is disrespectful.Helen Thomas


I think journalism anywhere should be based on social justice and impartiality, making contributions to society as well as taking responsibility in society. Whether you are capitalist or socialist or Marxist, journalists should have the same professional integrity. –Tan Hongkai – Judy Polumbaum


I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us. – Bob Woodward


I was very serious about journalism, even though colleagues from that time believe that I invented my reports. I didn’t invent them, I merely exaggerated slightly. – Isabel Allende


If it’s not written, it never happened. If it is written, it doesn’t matter what happened.        – Sercan Leylek


If the media are to carry out their role as the fourth power in society, the necessary framework must be in place, including legislation that protects the confidentiality of sources and does not allow censorship. – Oscar Auliq-Ice


If you don’t hit a newspaper reader between the eyes with your first sentence, there is no need of writing a second one. – Arthur Brisbane


In a situation like that, it is the reporter’s responsibility either to get an answer or to demonstrate that the politicians are ignoring the questions. – Jonathan Karl


In a time when society is drowning in tsunamis of misinformation, it is possible to change the world for the better if we repeat the truth often and loud enough. – Alberto Cairo


In addition to curiosity and a passion for innovation, the most successful journalists are also knowledgeable, creative, flexible, and open-minded. – Germany Kent


In newspaper-land a dull lie is seldom detected, but an interesting exaggeration drives an unimaginative rival to hysterical denunciations. – Edgar Wallace


In some respect Journalism is like science, the best ideas were ones that survived and strengthened by the opposition. – Ian McEwan


In the great Age of Tech, journalism was clickbait, and Big Tech controlled the clicks.          – Josh Hawley


It is not enough for journalists to see themselves as mere messengers without understanding the hidden agendas of the message and the myths that surround it.            – John Pilger


It is the same in all wars; the soldiers do the fighting, the journalists do the shouting, and no true patriot ever gets near a front-line trench, except on the briefest of propaganda tours. – George Orwell


It sounds cool to say you are going to fight with a pen, not a sword but violence with words is still violence. – Yayoi Ogawa


It’s the great flaw of journalism. The more something happens, the less newsworthy it is.    – Nathan Hill


It’s a journalist’s job to be a witness to history. We’re not there to worry about ourselves. We’re there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out. – Robert Fisk


It’s great being a journalist because our office is the world.  – Rebecca Aguilar


It’s not the news that makes the newspaper, but the newspaper that makes the news.        – Umberto Eco


Journalism delivers news, but not necessarily relevance. – Khang Kijarro Nguyen


Journalism is literature in a hurry. – Matthew Arnold


Journalism is not supposed to generate a profit but inform the public in the least biased manner possible about important matters and I fear until the former is again true the latter never shall be. – Carmine Savastano


Journalism is printing something that someone does not want to be printed. Everything else is public relations. – George Orwell


Journalism largely consists of saying “Lord Jones is dead” to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive. – G.K. Chesterton


Journalism, like English, is about the pursuit of truth in storytelling, not presenting information with the absence of judgment. – A.D. Aliwat


Journalists are not entertainers. We are reporters. We go to unpopular places. We broadcast controversial voices. We are not here to win popularity contests. We are here to cover the issues critical to a democratic society. We have to pressure the media, to shame the media into going into these forgotten places where so many are sent to waste away in silence. – Amy Goodma


Journalists need experts as badly as experts need journalists. – Steven D. Levitt


Make journalism the vanguard of information. – Abhijit Naskar


Modern current affairs journalism is a diabolical slurry of political corruption and the flimsy whims of narcissistic millennials. – Candice Fox


More and more people are saying ‘no’ to government lies, corporate greed, and slavish media. The silenced majority is finding its voice. – Amy Goodman


Most of what you have read or watched in the media is true and 100% accurate. But HOW you are told the stories, and when, there lies the manipulation! – Waseem Kanjo


My job is to notice the details. To be an impartial witness. Everything is always research. My job isn’t to feel anything. – Chuck Palahniuk


My main worry about driverless cars is how would Western journalists get their stories in the post-Soviet countries with no taxi drivers to talk to. – Fuad Alakbarov


Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism, and you know how reliable that is. – Joseph Campbell


News is only the first rough draft of history. – Alan Barth


Newspapers should have no friends. – Joseph Pulitzer


No custodian of the truth should have to fear their deliverance of the facts. – Jacob Riggs


Our understanding of what is really ‘newsworthy’ is a misunderstanding. – Louis Yako


Progress occurs where truths are questioned. – Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel


Reporters trade in pain. It sells papers. Everyone knows that. – Jonathan Maberry


Sadly, the news media has largely become propaganda, not journalism. Journalists tell, not sell. – Richie Norton


The comment is free, but facts are sacred. – C. P. Scott


The death of a billionaire is worth more to the media than the lives of a billion poor people. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana


The false promise of objectivity in journalism reinforces white supremacy. – Desmond Cole


The image of the journalist as a wallflower at the orgy has been replaced by the journalist as the life of the party. – Nora Ephron


The journalist must strive to find out what is going on and tell it, not neuter the truth in the name of equal time. – Joe Sacco


The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers. – Thomas Jefferson


The media are less a window on reality, than a stage on which officials and journalists perform self-scripted, self-serving fictions. – Thomas Sowell


The newspaper journalists like to believe the worst; they can sell more papers that way, as one of them told me himself; for even upstanding and respectable people dearly love to read ill of others. – Margaret Atwood


The only objective journalism is that nothing happened. – Steve O’Keefe


The pen had been mightier than the sword but then the tongue took over.                          – Amit Abraham


The pen has always been mightier than the sword but sadly in today’s journalism the ink is sponsored. – Amit Abraham


The picture never lies, caption sometimes does. – Deh Saaduddin


The power to mould the future of the Republic will be in the hands of the journalists of future generations. – Joseph Pulitzer


The rules were clear then. If you once crossed the line from journalism into partisan politics, you could not return. They were them and we were us. – Jack W. Germond


The Society of Professional Journalists believes that “public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy.” If that is so, can justice or democracy be secure in a media world where public enlightenment has been supplanted by the superficial? – Larry J. Schweiger


To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. [….] The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter. – Aleister Crowley


We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective. – Dave Barry


What matter is the information, not what you think about it? – Anna Politkovskaya


What you read in the newspapers, hear on the radio and see on television, is hardly even the truth as seen by experts; it is the wishful thinking of journalists, seen through filters of prejudice and ignorance. – Hans Eysenck


Writing is for men who can think and feel, not mindless sensation seekers out of nightclubs and bars. But these are bad times. We are condemned to work with upstarts, clowns who no doubt got their training in a circus and then turned to journalism as the appropriate place to display their tricks. – Naguib Mahfouz


You have to get up pretty early in the morning to invent the news. – Lauren Beukes


You read the papers and you watch television, so you know the kind of spider-brained, commercially poisoned piece-of-crap reporting you get in America. – Greg Palast


You shouldn’t be able to tell what a reporter’s point of view is. Their reporting should give the facts, not their opinions, and let you decide. We have lost this in journalism today. – Sarah Huckabee Sanders


You’re miserable, edgy and tired. You’re in the perfect mood for journalism. – Warren Ellis



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