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.


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