Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.
If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.
You can't serve the public good without the truth as a bottom line.
Good journalism should challenge people, not just mindlessly amuse them.
There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth and to shame the devil.
If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the jails of that country will be filled with good people.
Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.
Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It's absolutely unavoidable.
With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.
Speaking generally, people who are drawn to journalism are interested in what happens from the ground up less than they are from the top down.
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.
The man who reads nothing at all is better educated than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.
Freedom of press is limited to those who own one.
It sometimes takes a while for executives to figure out that the reporters they think of as little bugs to be squashed or spun can be more powerful than they are.
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.
In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.
The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism.
I don't so much mind that newspapers are dying - it's watching them commit suicide that pisses me off.
Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it.
Journalism is organized gossip.
Dealing with the media is more difficult that bathing a leper
I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate.
Journalists aren't supposed to praise things. It's a violation of work rules almost as serious as buying drinks with our own money or absolving the CIA of something.
Secretive power loathes journalists who do their job: who push back screens, peer behind façades, lift rocks. Opprobrium from on high is their badge of honour.
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