76+ Best Journalism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational journalism quotes will make you look at life differently and help you live a meaningful life.

Famous Journalism Quotes

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

Journalism keeps you planted in the earth

Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault.  Henry Anatole Grunwald

 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 is about results. It’s about affecting your community or your society in the most progressive way.  Anas Aremeyaw Anas

 Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It’s absolutely unavoidable.

Journalism is what maintains democracy. It’s the force for progressive social change.  Andrew Vachss

 Great journalism will always attract readers. The words, pictures and graphics that are the stuff of journalism have to be brilliantly packaged; they must feed the mind and move the heart

Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It’s unavoidable.  Marguerite Duras

 One of the great things about journalism, at its best I mean, is its forensic, investigative truth seeking instincts.

Journalism, like democracy, is not something that is achieved. It is a work in progress, and not every day is as good as the last.  John Maxwell Hamilton

If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. George Washington

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

The very basis of our government being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and 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. Thomas Jefferson

Journalism’s ultimate purpose is to inform the reader, to bring him each day a letter from home and never to permit the serving of special interests.  Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. To a degree, people read the press to inform themselves and the better the teacher, the better the student body. Investor Warren 

The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular, not the popular.  Geraldo Rivera

The press is like the peculiar uncle you keep in the attic just one of those unfortunate things.

The point of journalism is to hold people in positions of power accountable.  Ana Kasparian

The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it. Grace Kelly

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

There can be no higher law in journalism than to tell the truth, and to shame the devil. Thomas Jefferson

I think journalism is a great way to do public service, to have an impact on your community.  Bob Schieffer

Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it. Horace Greeley

If journalism is good, it is controversial, by its nature. Julian Assange

There can be no higher law in journalism than, to tell the truth, and to shame the devil. Walter Lippmann

Journalism is a way of voicing an opinion, of participating in the political, social, or cultural debate.  Mario Vargas Llosa

Journalism allows its readers to witness history; fiction gives its readers an opportunity to live it. John Hersey

Journalism is always the art of the incomplete. You get bits and pieces.  Anthony Shadid

The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. Oscar Wilde

Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it. Horace Greeley

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

Journalism: an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.  Rebecca West

Journalism is a career which demands the highest professionalism. It demands responsibility as well, for the line between honest revelation and disingenuous sensationalism is sometimes perilously thin. Margaret Thatcher

Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.  Norman Mailer

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

The central dilemma in journalism is that you don’t know what you don’t know.  Bob Woodward

In the real world, the right thing never happens in the right place and the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to make it appear that it has. Mark Twain

We’re not going to have another Watergate in our lifetime. I’m sure.  Bob Woodward

If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be ‘gotcha’ journalism, but it’s also good journalism. Ben Bradlee

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

Journalism is the only thinkable alternative to working. Jeffrey Bernard

Democracies succeed or fail based on their journalism.  Scott Pelley

A key purpose of journalism is to provide an adversarial check on those who wield the greatest power by shining a light on what they do in the dark and informing the public about those acts. Glenn Greenwald

Good journalism should challenge people, not just mindlessly amuse them.  Carl Bernstein

Journalism is an act of faith in the future. Ann Curry

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. Malcolm X

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

Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault.  Henry Anatole Grunwald

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. Thomas Jefferson

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

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. Albert Camus

Make journalism the vanguard of information.   Abhijit Naskar

Freedom of the press is limited to those who own one. A. J. Liebling

Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.  Thomas Jefferson

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

People may expect too much of journalism. Not only do they expect it to be entertaining, they expect it to be true.  Lewis H. Lapham

Thanks to my solid academic training, today I can write hundreds of words on virtually any topic without possessing a shred of information which is how I got a good job in journalism.  Dave Barry

The tragedy of journalism is that these are people doing their best workTom All the papers that matter live off their advertisements, and the advertisers exercise indirect censorship over news.  George Orwell

You should never pick up a newspaper when you’re feeling good, because every newspaper has a special department, called the Bummer Desk, which is responsible for digging up depressing front-page stories. Dave Barry

Freedom of the Press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticize and oppose.  George Orwell

I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers. Gandhi

I believe that the BBC, despite the stupidity of its foreign propaganda and the unbearable voices of its announcers, is very truthful. It is generally regarded here as more reliable than the press. George Orwell

Journalism is a profession whose business it is to explain to others what it personally does not understand. Lord Northcliffe

I watched him a ‘fat Russian agent’ with some interest, for it was the first time that I had seen a person whose profession was telling lies  unless one counts journalists.  George Orwell

Journalism is organized gossip.  Edward Egglestone

If publishers and editors exert themselves to keep certain topics out of print, it is not because they are frightened of prosecution but because they are frightened of public opinion. In this country, intellectual cowardice is the worst enemy a writer or journalist has to face, and that fact does not seem to me to have had the discussion it deserves. George Orwell

I do not mean to be the slightest bit critical of TV news people, who do a superb job, considering that they operate under severe time constraints and have the intellectual depth of hamsters.  But TV news can only present the bare bones of a story; it takes a newspaper, with its capability to present vast amounts of information, to render the story truly boring.  Dave Barry

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

Journalism is an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space. Rebecca West

Journalism is printing what someone else does not want to be printed: everything else is public relations.  George Orwell

I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction. Aneurin Bevan

News is something somebody doesn’t want to be printed; all else is advertising. George Orwell

The bigger the information media, the less courage and freedom they follow. Bigness means weakness. Eric Sevareid

Real journalism is publishing something that somebody else does not want to be published, the rest is just public relations.  George Orwell

The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master. James Fenimore Cooper

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