61 quotes about Journalism and Journalists
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Journalism is literature in a hurry.
  View quote | Arnold, Matthew quotes

Journalism over here is not only an obsession but a drawback that cannot be overrated. Politicians are frightened of the press, and in the same way as bull-fighting has a brutalizing effect upon Spain (of which she is unconscious), headlines of murder, rape, and rubbish, excite and demoralize the American public.
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The lowest form of popular culture -- lack of information, misinformation, misinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives -- has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.
  View quote | Bernstein, Carl quotes

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling.
  View quote | Bismarck, Otto Von quotes

We need not be theologians to see that we have shifted responsibility for making the world interesting from God to the newspaperman.
  View quote | Boorstin, Daniel J. quotes

I find I journalize too tediously. Let me try to abbreviate.
  View quote | Boswell, James quotes

Write the news as if your very life depended on it. It does!
  View quote | Broun, Heywood quotes

Journalism could be described as turning one's enemies into money.
  View quote | Brown, Craig quotes

Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive.
  View quote | Chesterton, Gilbert K. quotes

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.
  View quote | Chesterton, Gilbert K. quotes

People accuse journalism of being too personal; but to me it has always seemed far too impersonal. It is charged with tearing away the veils from private life; but it seems to me to be always dropping diaphanous but blinding veils between men and men. The Yellow Press is abused for exposing facts which are private; I wish the Yellow Press did anything so valuable. It is exactly the decisive individual touches that it never gives; and a proof of this is that after one has met a man a million times in the newspapers it is always a complete shock and reversal to meet him in real life.
  View quote | Chesterton, Gilbert K. quotes

Evidently there are plenty of people in journalism who have neither got what they liked nor quite grown to like what they get. They write pieces they do not much enjoy writing, for papers they totally despise, and the sad process ends by ruining their style and disintegrating their personality, two developments which in a writer cannot be separate, since his personality and style must progress or deteriorate together, like a married couple in a country where death is the only permissible divorce.
  View quote | Cockburn, Claud quotes

Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice; journalism what will be grasped at once.
  View quote | Connolly, Cyril quotes

He types his labored column -- weary drudge! Senile fudge and solemn: spare, editor, to condemn these dry leaves of his autumn.
  View quote | Davies, Robertson quotes

I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
  View quote | Duras, Marguerite quotes

Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable. A journalist is someone who looks at the world and the way it works, someone who takes a close look at things every day and reports what she sees, someone who represents the world, the event, for others. She cannot do her work without judging what she sees.
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Journalism is organized gossip.
  View quote | Eggleston, Edward quotes

In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat.
  View quote | Evans, Harold quotes

It was when reporters became journalists and when objectivity gave way to searching for truth, that an aura of distrust and fear arose around the New Journalist.
  View quote | Geyer, Georgie Anne quotes

Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you're at it.
  View quote | Greeley, Horace quotes

A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
  View quote | Greene, Graham quotes

If you can't get a job as a pianist in a brothel you become a royal reporter.
  View quote | Hastings, Max quotes

Personal columnists are jackals and no jackal has been known to live on grass once he had learned about meat -- no matter who killed the meat for him.
  View quote | Hemingway, Ernest quotes

Journalism is the entertainment business.
  View quote | Herbert, Frank quotes

Our job is like a baker's work -- his rolls are tasty as long as they're fresh; after two days they're stale; after a week, they're covered with mould and fit only to be thrown out.
  View quote | Kapuscinski, Ryszard quotes

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.
  View quote | Kraus, Karl quotes

Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.
  View quote | Kraus, Karl quotes

Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.
  View quote | La Fontaine, Jean De quotes

The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.
  View quote | Lamb, Charles quotes

More than illness or death, the American journalist fears standing alone against the whim of his owners or the prejudices of his audience. Deprive William Safire of the insignia of the New York Times, and he would have a hard time selling his truths to a weekly broadsheet in suburban Duluth.
  View quote | Lapham, Lewis H. quotes

The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.
  View quote | Lichtenberg, Georg C. quotes

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one.
  View quote | Liebling, A. J. quotes

What a squalid and irresponsible little profession it is. Nothing prepares you for how bad Fleet Street really is until it craps on you from a great height.
  View quote | Livingstone, Ken quotes

Opinionated writing is always the most difficult... simply because it involves retaining in the cold morning-after crystal of the printed word the burning flow of molten feeling.
  View quote | Lyall, Gavin quotes

If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.
  View quote | Mailer, Norman quotes

Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible. He is a kind of confidence man, preying on people's vanity, ignorance, or loneliness, gaining their trust and betraying them without remorse.
  View quote | Malcolm, Janet quotes

The dominant and most deep-dyed trait of the journalist is his timorousness. Where the novelist fearlessly plunges into the water of self-exposure, the journalist stands trembling on the shore in his beach robe. The journalist confines himself to the clean, gentlemanly work of exposing the grieves and shames of others.
  View quote | Malcolm, Janet quotes

I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall it's a paragraph in my column.
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The real news is bad news.
  View quote | Mcluhan, Marshall quotes

I think there ought to be a club in which preachers and journalists could come together and have the sentimentalism of the one matched with the cynicism of the other. That ought to bring them pretty close to the truth.
  View quote | Niebuhr, Reinhold quotes

Now he is a statesman, when what he really wants is to be what most reporters are, adult delinquents.
  View quote | Noonan, Peggy quotes

A professional whose job it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.
  View quote | Northcliffe, Lord quotes

I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist's code of Olympian objectivity (and total purity of motive), I am absolved of responsibility. We journalists don't have to step on roaches. All we have to do is turn on the kitchen light and watch the critters scurry.
  View quote | O'Rourke, P. J. quotes

The press is like the air, a chartered libertine.
  View quote | Pitt, William quotes

We now demand the light artillery of the intellect; we need the curt, the condensed, the pointed, the readily diffused -- in place of the verbose, the detailed, the voluminous, the inaccessible. On the other hand, the lightness of the artillery should not degenerate into pop-gunnery -- by which term we may designate the character of the greater portion of the newspaper press -- their sole legitimate object being the discussion of ephemeral matters in an ephemeral manner.
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Journalists belong in the gutter because that is where the ruling classes throw their guilty secrets.
  View quote | Priestland, Gerald quotes

Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.
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In America journalism is apt to be regarded as an extension of history: in Britain, as an extension of conversation.
  View quote | Sampson, Anthony quotes

Journalists are like dogs, when ever anything moves they begin to bark.
  View quote | Schopenhauer, Arthur quotes

I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.
  View quote | Stoppard, Tom quotes

Gonzo journalism is a style of reporting based on William Faulkner's idea that the best fiction is far more true than any kind of journalism -- and the best journalists have always known this. True gonzo reporting needs the talents of a master journalist, the eye of an artist/photographer and the heavy balls of an actor. Because the writer must be a participant in the scene, while he's writing it -- or at least taping it, or even sketching it. Or all three. Probably the closest analogy to the ideal would be a film director/producer who writes his own scripts, does his own camera work and somehow manages to film himself in action, as the protagonist or at least a main character.
  View quote | Thompson, Hunter S. quotes

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people -- including me -- would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.
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In the real world, nothing happens at the right place at the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to correct that.
  View quote | Twain, Mark quotes

If, for instance, they have heard something from the postman, they attribute it to a semi-official statement; if they have fallen into conversation with a stranger at a bar, they can conscientiously describe him as a source that has hitherto proved unimpeachable. It is only when the journalist is reporting a whim of his own, and one to which he attaches minor importance, that he defines it as the opinion of well-informed circles.
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The facts fairly and honestly presented; truth will take care of itself.
  View quote | White, William Allen quotes

There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. By carefully chronicling the current events of contemporary life, it shows us of what very little importance such events really are. By invariably discussing the unnecessary, it makes us understand what things are requisite for culture, and what are not.
  View quote | Wilde, Oscar quotes

It was a fatal day when the public discovered that the pen is mightier than the paving-stone, and can be made as offensive as the brickbat. They at once sought for the journalist, found him, developed him, and made him their industrious and well-paid servant. It is greatly to be regretted, for both their sakes.
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Bad manners make a journalist.
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You cannot hope to bribe or twist (thank God!) the British journalist. But, seeing what the man will do unbribed, there's no occasion to.
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I hate journalists. There is nothing in them but tittering jeering emptiness. They have all made what Dante calls the Great Refusal. The shallowest people on the ridge of the earth.
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Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read.
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