100+ Best Journalism Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Journalism Quotes

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

That President Mohammad Khatami’s policies have been blocked is the bitterest incident in the contemporary Iranian history. This means that the wishes of millions of people who voted for Khatami and called for freedom and justice have been ignored… Why should cultural activities and journalism be so risky in Iran? — Abdolkarim Soroush

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. — Tom Brokaw

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right. — Ellen Goodman

Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there. — Archibald MacLeish

I think it’s this congenital problem with journalism that we oversell the difference we make. We make small differences. — Katherine Boo

It’s all storytelling, you know. That’s what journalism is all about. — Tom Brokaw

In a hyper-capitalist environment dominated by media giants, the means available to independent journalism have narrowed considerably. — Nayef Al-Rodhan

We have to compete in a universe of 200 networks, so we have to carve out our own niche, and to me, that niche is just basic shoe-leather journalism with some good journalists at the helm you can trust as presenters — Walter Isaacson

A career in journalism suddenly lost its appeal. — Andy Grove

It is grievous to read the papers in most respects, I agree. More and more I skim the headlines only, for one can be sure what is carried beneath them quite automatically, if one has long been a reader of the press journalism. — Mary Ritter Beard

Andy Stasiuk was a newsman of the old school of front-page journalism – tough, knowledgeable, cynical, single-minded and fun. He covered the news as a happy warrior in an era of cutthroat editorial competition. — Donald Newhouse

Journalism was being whittled away by a Wall Street theory that profits can be maximized by minimizing the product. — Russell Baker

Surely the glory of journalism is its transience. — Malcolm Muggeridge

My aunt got me interested in journalism – she found an old typewriter, had it worked over, put it on the dining room table, gave me a stack of paper and said, ‘Play like you’re a writer.’ — Dan Jenkins

Choosing my favorite moment in journalism would be like picking a favorite among my children. I can’t pick one favorite. — Bill Keller

Journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That’s why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist. — Andrew Vachss

A composite is a euphemism for a lie. It’s disorderly. It’s dishonest and it’s not journalism. — Fred W. Friendly

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

Journalism still, in a democracy, is the essential force to get the public educated and mobilized to take action on behalf of our ancient ideals. — Doris Kearns Goodwin

I wrote about four novels before I wrote a word of journalism. — Francine Prose

I wasn’t the kind of kid like Spielberg or Lucas who knew to go to film school. I didn’t know at 12 what I was going to do; it took me until I was about 23. I studied journalism in college, but after school, I got a job in public television and I never worked as a journalist for one moment. — Nancy Meyers

There’s no worse crime in journalism these days than simply deciding something’s a story because Drudge links to it. — Chuck Todd

Stories, as we’re taught in journalism school early on, are told through people. Those stories make our documentaries powerful. You can explore someone’s culture, you can explore their experience, you can explore an issue through human beings who are going through it. — Soledad O’Brien

I suggest that what we want to do is not to leave to posterity a great institution, but to leave behind a great tradition of journalism ably practiced in our time. — Henry R. Luce

When I was a freelancer, I thought this journalism thing was a racket, and now that I’m where I am now, I know it’s a racket. — Tabitha Soren

Publishing is a business, but journalism never was and is not essentially a business. Nor is it a profession. — Henry R. Luce

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

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

I find there’s a thin, permeable membrane between journalism and history, and though some academic historians take a dim view of it, I gather a lot of strength and professional inspiration from passing back and forth across it. — Hampton Sides

I don’t believe in gutter politics. I don’t believe in gutter journalism. — Maria Shriver

A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever. — Garrison Keillor

Journalists do not live by words alone, although sometimes they have to eat them. — Adlai E. Stevenson

Every patient tends to bury the most important story inside some other story, just the way new writers often ‘bury the lede.’ ‘Burying the lede’ is an old journalism term for when you only find out the real point about halfway into the article, but it also applies to therapy. — Gina Barreca

Accuracy to a newspaper is what virtue is to a lady; but a newspaper can always print a retraction. — Adlai E. Stevenson

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself. — Arthur Miller

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism. — Jim Hightower

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

Truthfully, without over-egging it, as I often do, the library and journalism, those things made me who I am. — Terry Pratchett

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies. — Karl Kraus

You basically have to be willing to devote your life to journalism if you want to break in. Treat it like it’s medical school or law school. — Michael Hastings

And I really believe good journalism is good business. — Christiane Amanpour

Journalism was looked upon as a more noble thing than it is now. I don’t know if it carries the same cachet that it did then. — Pat Oliphant

I started on the fringes of journalism as a cartoonist on The Daily Mail. — Humphrey Lyttelton

Some in journalism consider themselves apart from and to some extent above the people they purport to serve. — Brit Hume

Look, everybody in journalism has a reputation of sorts. — Bernard Goldberg

I can’t think of any other job in journalism where the newsmakers come to you. — Bob Schieffer

There is a long-standing tradition in the mainstream press of middle-of-the-road journalism that is objective and fair. I would hate to see that fall victim to a panic about the Fox effect. — Andrew Heyward

I’ve had a lot of fun, and when I talk to kids in journalism schools, I say, look, I know what the journalism teachers tell you that this is a great way to perform public service and all that, but I say the main reason, if you decide what you want to do is be a reporter, the main reason you want to do it is because it’s just so much fun. — Bob Schieffer

Journalism is not just a cause, its also a wacky profession. — David Talbot

Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long. — Hunter S. Thompson

When Arianna Huffington founded ‘The Huffington Post’ in 2005, a whole new era of journalism began. — Hubert Burda

Journalism is a flawed profession, but it has a self-correcting mechanism. The rule of journalism is: talk to everybody. — Lawrence Wright

I’ve found there to be a tremendous amount of East Coast snobbery in the journalism world. — Diane Lane

And I started as a journalism major at Ohio State, ended up in theater and I love to read. — Patricia Heaton

A journalist is a person who has mistaken their calling. — Otto von Bismarck

Ultimately journalism has changed… partisanship is very much a part of journalism now. — Leslie Moonves

I dont personally feel that I have to save democracy and journalism. — Katharine Weymouth

Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence. — Kingsley Amis

I read Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Reader’s Digest… I read some responsible journalism, and from that, I form my own opinions. I also happen to be intelligent, and I question everything. — Gary Coleman

I got my start in lefty journalism as a labor reporter at ‘In These Times’, and it’s in my blood. — Chris Hayes

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

I’ve taken the love of fashion from my mother, and journalism from my father. — Natalie Massenet

I don’t think journalism changes. It’s about digging into stories and telling them well. The basic tenets of great reporting stay the same while things around it change. Technology has made reporting easier, but it has also caused job loss. Social media has increased discussion around topics, but it has its own challenges at times. — Soledad O’Brien

My favorite thing is still journalism. I’m almost 50. This has been my life ever since I was in college. — David Talbot

I realize that I had the best of serious picture journalism. — Eve Arnold

I think when money starts to corrupt journalism, it undermines the journalism, and it undermines the credibility of the product, and you end up not succeeding. — Walter Isaacson

Probably the biggest influence on my career was the late John Hersey, who, while he was at ‘The New Yorker,’ wrote one of the masterpieces of narrative non-fiction, ‘Hiroshima.’ Hersey was a teacher of mine at Yale, and a friend. He got me to see the possibility of journalism not just as a business but as an art form. — Hampton Sides

I understand the difference between journalism and scholarship that comes 20 years later. — David Remnick

Perhaps the biggest problem in journalism is the cult divide between journalists and corporate owners. — Ken Auletta

I think the future of journalism is going to be a battle between caution and recklessness. And I think a little bit of recklessness is a good thing, as some of the WikiLeaks cables proved. — Alex Gibney

Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism. — Graham Greene

I have a journalism degree, but I’d rather be the person who is being written about rather than the person who is writing. — Chris Jericho

I care deeply about journalism, but we need to be a business, — Katharine Weymouth

I went into journalism to do journalism, not advertising. — Michael Hastings

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

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. — Harold Evans

To conclude: good journalism is one of the models of good conversation and communication in the wider social context. — Rowan Williams

I think almost every newspaper in the United States has lost circulation due to the Internet. I also think the Internet will lead to a lot of plagiarism in journalism. — Will McDonough

I didn’t like the competitiveness of big-time journalism. — Charles Kuralt

I expected to go into journalism or law. — Christie Hefner

Just as infinite access to free music ultimately leads to no one making a living at music anymore, free journalism just doesn’t pay for itself – particularly not when a search engine is serving all the ads. — Douglas Rushkoff

Any work of art that can be understood is the product of journalism. — Tristan Tzara

In journalism I can only tell what happened. In fiction, I can show it. — David Frum

I can only speak as an American, but most journalism here isn’t doing its job any more. It’s about selling stuff. — Lance Reddick

I’m saying that the WMD reporting was not consciously evil. It was bad journalism, even very bad journalism. — Daniel Okrent

Journalism is a craft that takes years to learn. It’s like golf. You never get it right all the time. It’s a game of fewer errors, better facts, and better reporting. — Ben Huh

I think people should be consumers of journalism. — Andrew Vachss

As a cub reporter, I devoured books about journalism. — Lionel Barber

Advertising was only meant to be a very small part of my life. I had intended that I would work extensively in journalism for about five or six years and then I’d become a writer. — Bryce Courtenay

There is a tradition that sees journalism as the dark side of literature, with book writing at its zenith. I don’t agree. I think that all written work constitutes literature, even graffiti. — Eduardo Galeano

Contradictory to my religion, I think, is journalism. — Sydney Schanberg

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

You’re required to be outspoken in journalism, and in television you’re exposed anyway, because everyone watches it. — Peaches Geldof

They take journalism really seriously because they know the force that it is and can be. — Christiane Amanpour

I majored in journalism at Arizona State University, where I began writing the columns I write now, but I cannot, in good conscience, refer to myself as a writer. I’m a columnist, maybe a journalist, I guess I’m an author, but writer… no. That’s not up to me to call myself, that’s rather lofty. It’s for the reader to decide. — Laurie Notaro

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians. — David Brinkley

I think there’s always satisfaction that comes from digging in and telling a story and being on the front line and writing about it. I think there’s a venue available if you look. Even print journalism is in good shape in areas. — Cameron Crowe

I’m not a big fan of journalism schools, except those that are organized around a liberal arts education. Have an understanding of history, economics and political science – and then learn to write. — Tom Brokaw

If you believe in journalism, you don’t insult good journalists. — Sydney Schanberg

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