Journalism Quotes

Most popular journalism quotes

Journalists cannot grasp that what is interesting is not necessarily important; most cannot even grasp that what is sensational is not necessarily interesting.
I keep reading between the lies.
Journalism is literature in a hurry.
A master passion is the love of news.


Surprise, the stuff that news is made of.
All I know is just what I read in the papers.
Gossip?  It's the mother's milk of journalism.


Journalism is the first rough draft of history.


News is a business, but it is also a public trust.
One ad is worth more to a paper than forty editorials.


In old days men had the rack. Now they have the press.
A parameter power brokers of this town are the columnists.
Editorial writers enter after battle and shoot the wounded.
The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is.
Being a reporter is as much a diagnosis as a job description.
People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about.
It's all storytelling, you know.  That's what journalism is all about.
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.

fake news media

Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
After sunset, journalists in the train. Usual daft questions as always.
The power of the periodical press is second only to that of the people.
Working as a journalist is exactly like being the wallflower at an orgy.
After the writer's death, reading his journal is like receiving a long letter.
All day long they lie in the sun, and when the sun goes down, they lie some more!
Journalists always present themselves before society as "searchers for the truth."
In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever.
People don't actually read newspapers - they get into them every morning like a hot bath.
I was too old for a paper route, too young for Social Security and too tired for an affair.
For most of my adult life, I have been an emotional hit-and-run driver—that is, a reporter.
You should always believe all you read in the newspapers, as this makes them more interesting.
Every morning I take out my bankbook, stare at it, shudder — and turn quickly to my typewriter.
Newspapers always excite curiosity. No one ever lays one down without a feeling of disappointment.
Anyone who writes about science must know about science, which cuts down competition considerably.


A friendship between reporter and source lasts only until it is profitable for one to betray the other.
Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.

rock & roll

I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.
Instead of journalism becoming more scientific, it is science that is becoming more and more journalistic.


A page of my Journal is like a cake of portable soup.  A little may be diffused into a considerable portion.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.


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


Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization.


The most important service rendered by the press is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.
If you want reliable information – pay good money for it. If you get your news for free, you might well be the product.

fake news

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


The old saw says, "Let a sleeping dog lie." Right. Still, when there is much at stake it is better to get a newspaper to do it.

fake news

The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.
The tragedy of journalism lies in its impermanence; the very topicality which gives it brilliance condemns it to an early death.
Everything you read in newspapers is absolutely true, except for that rare story of which you happen to have first-hand knowledge.
Like officials in Washington, we suffer from Afghanistanism. If it's far away, it's news, but if it's close to home, it's sociology.
It is only fair to state, with regard to modern journalists, that they always apologize to one in private for what they have written against one in public.
There is much to be said in favor of modern journalism. By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, it keeps us in touch of the ignorance of the community.
I wanted to be a sports writer, but it took me too long to turn out my stuff. I found I could become vice president faster than I could become a newspaperman.
If writing must be a precise form of communication, it should be treated like a precision instrument. It should be sharpened, and it should not be used carelessly.

writing advice

Journalism is a good place for any writer to start—the retailing of fact is always a useful trade and can it help you learn to appreciate the declarative sentence.

writing advice

Cronyism is 'the curse of journalism. After many years I have reached the Arm conclusion that it is impossible for any objective newspaperman to be a friend of a President.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.
In any profession, nine out of ten are clueless but work by situational imitation, narrow mimicry and semi-conscious role-playing — except social "Science" and journalism where it is ten out of ten.
It is all right to wallow in one's journal; it is a way of getting rid of self-pity and self-indulgence and self-centeredness.  What we work out in our journals we don't take out on family and friends.
Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's Saint Matthew Passion on a ukulele: the instrument is too crude for the work, for the audience, and for the performer.
Journalists are, in the very nature of their calling, alarmists; and this is their way of giving interest to what they write.  Herein they are like little dogs; if anything stirs, they immediately set up a shrill bark.
Most journalists are restless voyeurs who see the warts on the world, the imperfections in people and places.  The sane scene that is much of life, the great portion of the planet unmarked by madness, does not lure them.
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.
Be assured that the Church, for her part, highly esteems your important work... Your work calls for careful preparation, sensitivity, and experience, like so many other professions, but it also demands a particular concern for what is true, good, and beautiful. This is something which we have in common.
Some of the qualities that go into making a good reporter—aggressiveness, a certain sneakiness, a secretive nature, nosiness, the ability to find out that which someone wants hidden, the inability to take 'no' with any sort of grace, a taste for gossip, rudeness, a fair disdain for what people will think of you and an occasional and calculated disregard for rules—are also qualities that go into making a very antisocial human being.