November 29, 2023

Journalism . . .

cur-mudg-eon (cur-muj’un), n. [origin unknown]

1. archaic: a crusty, ill-tempered, churlish old man.

2. modern: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner.

This month’s subject: JOURNALISM

“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

“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

“I hope we never live to see the day when a thing is as bad as some of our newspapers make it.”
–Will Rogers

“Journalism is organized gossip.”
–Edward Eggleston

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

“Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space.”
–Rebecca West

“The news is staged, anticipated, reported, analyzed until all interest is wrung from it and abandoned for some new novelty.”
–Thomas Griffith

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

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

“There is nothing to fear except the persistent refusal to find out the truth.”
–Dorothy Thompson

“You have to get up pretty early in the morning to invent the news.”
–Lauren Beukes

“Journalism is not a precise science, it’s a crude art.”
–Dan Rather

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