Journalism Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old journalism quotes, journalism sayings, and journalism proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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

John Hersey

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 could be described as turning one's enemies into money.     

Craig Brown

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

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

Walter Lippmann

Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.     

Clive Owen

Journalism never admits that nothing much is happening.     

Mason Cooley

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

Tom Stoppard

Journalism is an immense power, that threatens soon to supersede sermons, lectures, and books.     

Theodore Tilton

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

Journalism is about covering important stories-with a pillow, until they stop moving.     

David Burge

Journalism is straying into entertainment. The lines between serious news segments, news entertainment, and news comedy are blurring.     

Drew Curtis

A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.     

Graham Greene

Journalism is an act of faith in the future.     

Ann Curry

Junk journalism is the evidence of a society that has got at least one thing right, that there should be nobody with the power to dictate where responsible journalism begins.     

Tom Stoppard

Every good journalist is aware that his trade may one day go the way of phrenology and, what's more, the population will hardly protest the extinction.     

David Remnick

Journalism an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.     

Rebecca West

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

Oscar Wilde

Journalists cover words and delude themselves into thinking they have committed journalism.     

Hedrick Smith

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

Thomas Carlyle

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

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

Henry Anatole Grunwald

Journalism, some huge percentage of it, should be devoted to putting pressure on power, on nonsense, on chicanery of all kinds and if that's going to invite a lawsuit, well, bring it on.     

David Remnick

Journalism is about results. It's about affecting your community or your society in the most progressive way.     

Anas Aremeyaw Anas

When journalism is silenced, literature must speak. Because while journalism speaks with facts, literature speaks with truth.     

Seno Gumira Ajidarma

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

Anthony Shadid

Journalism should never be prostituted for selfish ends or for the sake of merely earning a livelihood or, worse still, for amassing money.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Ellen Goodman

Journalism is literature in a hurry.     

Matthew Arnold

The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the temple of fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.     

Georg Christoph

Journalism is the only thinkable alternative to working.     

Jeffrey Bernard

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

Brit Hume

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

Gilbert Chesterton

What journalism is really about-it's to monitor power and the centres of power.     

Amira Hass

Letting journalism be from the perspective of the journalist. It's usually a no-no, and journalists are encouraged to be completely objective.     

Marisa Tomei

Journalism has become a sort of competitive screeching: what is trivial but noisy and immediate takes precedence over important matters that develop over time.     

Ted Koppel

We journalists make it a point to know very little about an extremely wide variety of topics; this is how we stay objective.     

Dave Barry

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

Christiane Amanpour

Journalism at its best and most effective is education. Apparently people would not learn for themselves, nor from others.     

Martha Gellhorn

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

Eric Sevareid

Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you're at it.     

Horace Greeley

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

Lawrence Wright

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

Geraldo Rivera

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

Thomas Jefferson

Journalism has a distinct place in familiarizing and expressing public opinion.     

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Oscar Wilde

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

All things must be examined, debated, investigated without exception and without regard for anyone's feelings.     

Denis Diderot

Journalism is nine-tenths being in the right places at the right time.     

Andrew Marr