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Journalism quotes and quotations

People everywhere confuse what they read in newspapers with news.
A. J. Liebling

They consume a considerable quantity of our paper manufacture, employ our artisans in printing, and find business for great numbers of indigent persons.
Joseph Addison

The idea that media is there to educate us, or to inform us, is ridiculous because that's about tenth or eleventh on their list.
Abbie Hoffman

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

There aren't any embarrassing questions -- only embarrassing answers.
Carl Rowan

Remember, son, many a good story has been ruined by over-verification.
James Gordon Bennett

To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.
Aleister Crowley

Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
Ben Hecht


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

USA Today has come out with a new survey - apparently, three out of every four people make up 75% of the population.
David Letterman

Editor: a person employed by a newspaper, whose business it is to separate the wheat from the chaff, and to see that the chaff is printed.
Elbert Hubbard

Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read.
Frank Zappa

Journalism largely consists of saying 'Lord Jones is Dead' to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
G. K. Chesterton

Half of the American people have never read a newspaper. Half never voted for President. One hopes it is the same half.
Gore Vidal

All successful newspapers are ceaselessly querulous and bellicose. They never defend anyone or anything if they can help it; if the job is forced on them, they tackle it by denouncing someone or something else.
H. L. Mencken

A newspaper consists of just the same number of words, whether there be any news in it or not.
Henry Fielding

It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper.
Jerry Seinfeld

Rage is the only quality which has kept me, or anybody I have ever studied, writing columns for newspapers.
Jimmy Breslin

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

But what is the difference between literature and journalism?
...Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all.
Oscar Wilde

Every journalist has a novel in him, which is an excellent place for it.
Russel Lynes

Newspapermen learn to call a murderer 'an alleged murderer' and the King of England 'the alleged King of England' to avoid libel suits.
Stephen Leacock

Advertisements... contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
Thomas Jefferson

Journalism is literature in a hurry.
Matthew Arnold

Never believe in anything until it has been officially denied.
Otto von Bismarck

What's the difference between a 3-week-old puppy and a sportswriter? In 6 weeks, the puppy will stop whining.
Mike Ditka

Try to be conspicuously accurate in everything, pictures as well as text. Truth is not only stranger than fiction, it is more interesting.
William Randolph Hearst

I do not take a single newspaper, nor read one a month, and I feel myself infinitely the happier for it.
Thomas Jefferson

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

Wooing the press is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger. You might enjoy the meal, but the tiger always eats last.
Maureen Dowd

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

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

If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the jails of that country will be filled with good people.
Daniel Moynihan

I read no newspaper now but Ritchie's, and in that chiefly the advertisements, for they contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
Thomas Jefferson

Journalism is merely history's first draft.
Geoffrey C. Ward

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

The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything. Except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.
Oscar Wilde

Nobody's interested in sweetness and light.
Hedda Hopper

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

The great art in writing advertisements is the finding out a proper method to catch the reader's eye; without which a good thing may pass over unobserved, or be lost among commissions of bankrupt.
Joseph Addison

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

I would . . . earnestly advise them for their good to order this paper to be punctually served up, and to be looked upon as a part of the tea equipage.
Joseph Addison

Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporter's gallery yonder, there sat a fourth estate more important far than they all.
Thomas Carlyle

Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.
Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

Hear, Land o' Cakes, and brither Scots, Frae Maidenkirk to Johnie Groat's;- If there's a hole in a' your coats, I rede you tent it: A chield's amang you takin notes, And, faith, he'll prent it.
Robert Burns

A would-be satirist, a hired buffoon, A monthly scribbler of some low lampoon, Condemn'd to drudge, the meanest of the mean, And furbish falsehoods for a magazine.
Lord Byron

A Fourth Estate, of Able Editors, springs up.
Thomas Carlyle

The editor sat in his sanctum, his countenance furrowed with care, His mind at the bottom of business, his feet at the top of a chair, His chair-arm an elbow supporting, his right hand upholding his head, His eyes on his dusty table, with different documents spread.
Will Carleton

Great is journalism. Is not every able editor a ruler of the world, being the persuader of it?
Thomas Carlyl

Ask how to live? Write, write, write, anything; The world's a fine believing world, write news.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

[The opposition Press] which is in the hands of malecontents who have failed in their career.
Karl Otto von Schonhausen Bismarck

A parliament speaking through reporters to Buncombe and the Twenty-seven millions, mostly fools.
Thomas Carlyle

Only a newspaper! Quick read, quick lost, Who sums the treasure that it carries hence? Torn, trampled under feet, who counts thy cost, Star-eyed intelligence?
Mary Clemmer

I believe it has been said that one copy of the "Times" contains more useful information than the whole of the historical works of Thucydides.
Richard Cobden

Did Charity prevail, the press would prove A vehicle of virtue, truth, and love.
William Cowper

To serve thy generation, this thy fate: "Written in water," swiftly fades thy name; But he who loves his kind does, first and late, A work too late for fame.
Mary Clemmer

Caused by a dearth of scandal should the vapors Distress our fair ones--let them read the prayers.
David Garrick

Journalism consists largely in saying 'Lord Jones died' to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

How shall I speak thee, or thy power address Thou God of our idolatry, the Press. . . . . Like Eden's dead probationary tree, Knowledge of good and evil is from thee.
William Cowper

The liberty of the press is the palladium of all the civil, political, and religious rights of an Englishman.
Junius

You (reporters) should have printed what he meant, not what he said.
Earl Bush

He comes, the herald of a noisy world, With spatter'd boots, strapp'd waist, and frozen locks; News from all nations lumbering at his back.
William Cowper

When found, make a note of.
Charles Dickens

Miscellanists are the most popular writers among every people; for it is they who form a communication between the learned and the unlearned, and, as it were, throw a bridge between those two great divisions of the public.
Isaac D'Israeli