50+ Best Ever Journalist & Journalism Quotes

Journalism Quotes

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


I still believe that if your aim is to change the world, journalism is a more immediate short-term weapon.” – Tom Stoppard


“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


“A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” – Arthur Miller

Journalism Quotes

“Journalism is merely history’s first draft.” – GEOFFREY C. WARD


“Journalism is a kind of profession, or craft, or racket, for people who never wanted to grow up and go out into the real world.” – Harry Reasoner


“Not everyone realizes that to write a really good piece of journalism is at least as demanding intellectually as the achievement of any scholar.” – Max Weber


“Fake news is cheap to produce. Genuine journalism is expensive.” – Toomas Hendrik Ilves


“Literature is the art of writing something that will be read twice, journalism what will be grasped at once.” – Cryil

Journalism Quotes

“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.”- Henry Anatole Grunwald


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


“I don’t think a tough question is disrespectful.” – Helen Thomas


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

“Journalism isn’t about how smart you are. It’s not about where you’re from. It’s not about who you know or how clever your questions are. And thank God for that. It’s about your ability to embrace change and uncertainty. It’s about being fearless personally and professionally.” – Mary Pilon


“The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”


“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


Journalism without a moral position is impossible. Every journalist is a moralist. It’s absolutely unavoidable. A journalist is someone who looks at the world and the way it works, someone who takes a close look at things every day and reports what she sees, someone who represents the world, the event, for others. She cannot do her work without judging what she sees.” – Marguerite Duras

Journalism Quotes

“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


“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


“Bad things don’t happen to writers; it’s all material.” – Garrison Keillor


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

Journalism Quotes

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


I get up in the morning with an idea for a three-volume novel and by nightfall, it’s a paragraph in my column.” – Don Marquis


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


Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.” – Karl Kraus


“Journalism is the only thinkable alternative to working.” – JEFFREY BERNARD

Journalism Quotes

“Writing well means never having to say, ‘I guess you had to be there.’ ” – Jef Mallett


“Magazines all too frequently lead to books and should be regarded by the prudent as the heavy petting of literature.” – Fran Lebowitz


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


“Journalism is an immense power, that threatens soon to supersede sermons, lectures, and books.” – Theodore Tilton


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

Journalism Quotes

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.” – Mahatma Gandhi


“The only qualities essential for real success in journalism are rat-like cunning, a plausible manner, and a little literary ability.” – Nicholas


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.” – Norman Mailer


“Journalism largely consists in saying “Lord Jones is dead” to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive.” – G.K. Chesterton

Journalism Quotes

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


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


“Journalism never admits that nothing much is happening.” – Mason Cooley


“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” – Henry Luce


“In times of profound change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” – Eric Hoffer

Journalism Quotes

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


“Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers another.”


“The newspaper journalists like to believe the worst; they can sell more papers that way, as one of them told me himself; for even upstanding and respectable people dearly love to read ill of others.” – Margaret Atwood


“The liberty of the press is a blessing when we are inclined to write against others, and a calamity when we find ourselves overborne by the multitude of our assailants.” – Samuel Johnson


“Journalism could be described as turning one’s enemies into money.” – Craig Brown

Journalism Quotes

“The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.” – Hunter S. Thompson


“All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone’s feelings.” –  Denis Diderot


“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


“No honest journalist should be willing to describe himself or herself as ’embedded.’ To say, ‘I’m an embedded journalist’ is to say, ‘I’m a government Propagandist.” – Noam Chomsky


The man must have a rare recipe for melancholy, who can be dull in Fleet Street.” – Charles Lamb

50+ Best Ever Journalist & Journalism Quotes
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