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1. "I've created a vocabulary of different styles. I draw from many different ways to take a picture. Sometimes I go back to reportage, to journalism."
Author: Annie Leibovitz
2. "The central dilemma in journalism is that you don't know what you don't know."
Author: Bob Woodward
3. "I didn't like the competitiveness of big-time journalism."
Author: Charles Kuralt
4. "Lion emits a low whistle as he spots Bo entering his fifth-period Journalism class. 'What happened to your face?'Bo touches it tenderly and smiles. 'Nothing....."'This wasn't your Dad.'Bo smiles again. 'No. My dad leaves bruises on the inside."
Author: Chris Crutcher
5. "Copies have been dethroned; the economic model built on them is collapsing. In a regime of superabundant free copies, copies are no longer the basis of wealth. Now relationships, links, connections, and sharing are. Value has shifted away from a copy toward the many ways to recall, annotate, personalize, edit, authenticate, display, mark, transfer, and engage a work. Art is a conversation, not a patent office. The citation of sources belongs to the realms of journalism and scholarship, not art. Reality can't be copyrighted."
Author: David Shields
6. "I've found there to be a tremendous amount of East Coast snobbery in the journalism world."
Author: Diane Lane
7. "I studied science and journalism at the University of Colorado and then got interested in experimental film there and started doing my own films."
Author: Eric Darnell
8. "Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read."
Author: Frank Zappa
9. "... I was winning awards, getting raises, lecturing college classes, appearing on TV shows, and judging journalism contests. And then I wrote some stories that made me realize how sadly misplaced my bliss had been. The reason I'd enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn't been, as I'd assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job ... The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn't written anything important enough to suppress..."
Author: Gary Webb
10. "Before Truman Capote, journalism and non-fiction weren't taken very seriously."
Author: Gerald Clarke
11. "In almost every profession - whether it's law or journalism, finance or medicine or academia or running a small business - people rely on confidential communications to do their jobs. We count on the space of trust that confidentiality provides. When someone breaches that trust, we are all worse off for it."
Author: Hillary Clinton
12. "Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you're at it."
Author: Horace Greeley
13. "I started on the fringes of journalism as a cartoonist on The Daily Mail."
Author: Humphrey Lyttelton
14. "Journalism, to me, is just another drug – a free ride to scenes I'd probably miss if I stayed straight. But I'm neither a chemist nor an editor; all I do is take the pill or the assignment and see what happens. Now and then I get a bad trip, but experience has made me more careful about what I buy... so if you have a good pill I'm open; I'll try almost anything that hasn't bitten me in the past."
Author: Hunter S. Thompson
15. "If journalism is the first draft of history, then talk radio provides an early glimpse into how the meaning of political events will be spun for ideological and partisan purposes."
Author: Jackson Katz
16. "I seem to be one of the few people in journalism who never worked or wrote for the 'Boston Phoenix.' I certainly read and admired it, and feel the same general malaise at news that it is gone."
Author: James Fallows
17. "As someone who has spent a lot of her career as an investigative reporter, I'll confess that a frustration of mine has always been that so much investigative journalism involves a dissection of events in the past."
Author: Jill Abramson
18. "I'm in the reporting part of journalism."
Author: Jim Lehrer
19. "At CNN, our view is that good journalism equals good business."
Author: Jim Walton
20. "A short story is a writer's way of thinking through experience... Journalism aims at accuracy, but fiction's aim is truth. The writer distorts reality in the interest of a larger truth."
Author: John L'Heureux
21. "[For] decades, researchers have told us that the link between cataclysm and social disintegration is a myth perpetuated by movies, fiction, and misguided journalism. In fact, in case after case, the opposite occurs: In the earthquake and fire of 1906, Jack London observed: "never, in all San Francisco's history, were her people so kind and courteous as on this night of terror." "We did not panic. We coped," a British psychiatrist recalled after the July 7, 2005, London subway bombings. We often assume that such humanity among survivors, what author Rebecca Solnit has called "a paradise built in hell," is an exception after catastrophes, specific to a particular culture or place. In fact, it is the rule."
Author: Jonathan M. Katz
22. "Myth is much more important and true than history. History is just journalism and you know how reliable that is."
Author: Joseph Campbell
23. "Reality is an aspect of property. It must be seized. And investigative journalism is the noble art of seizing reality back from the powerful."
Author: Julian Assange
24. "Well, to be honest I think I tell less truth when I write journalism than when I write fiction."
Author: Julian Barnes
25. "When I was in journalism school, you were taught to be completely objective. But we don't see that anymore."
Author: Julie Chen
26. "I think journalism is useful training for a writer in the way it takes the preciousness out of the pragmatic side of the craft."
Author: Kevin Barry
27. "I've still got lots of writing in me. I have not left journalism, but I put it on hold to focus on acting. I love actors. I think it's a crazy thing to do with your life, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for them."
Author: Liane Balaban
28. "I see journalists as the manual workers, the laborers of the word. Journalism can only be literature when it is passionate."
Author: Marguerite Duras
29. "I violated, apparently, an unspoken rule that we are supposed to take care of our own. Frankly, if that invites discomfort, I welcome it. I don't think there's enough discomfort in journalism, especially in Washington."
Author: Mark Leibovich
30. "What would the new teacher, representing France, teach us? Railroading? No. France knows nothing valuable about railroading. Steamshipping? No. France has no superiorities over us in that matter. Steamboating? No. French steamboating is still of Fulton's date--1809. Postal service? No. France is a back number there. Telegraphy? No, we taught her that ourselves. Journalism? No. Magazining? No, that is our own specialty. Government? No; Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, Nobility, Democracy, Adultery the system is too variegated for our climate. Religion? No, not variegated enough for our climate. Morals? No, we cannot rob the poor to enrich ourselves."
Author: Mark Twain
31. "Journalism, spooked by rumors of its own obsolescence, has stopped believing in itself. Groans of doom alternate with panicked happy talk."
Author: Maureen Dowd
32. "The sheer novelty and glamor of the Western diet, with its seventeen thousand new food products every year and the marketing power - thirty-two billion dollars a year - used to sell us those products, has overwhelmed the force of tradition and left us where we now find ourselves: relying on science and journalism and government and marketing to help us decide what to eat."
Author: Michael Pollan
33. "It should be apparent that the belief in objectivity in journalism, as in other professions, is not just a claim about what kind of knowledge is reliable. It is also a moral philosophy, a declaration of what kind of thinking one should engage in, in making moral decisions. It is, moreover, a political commitment, for it provides a guide to what groups one should acknowledge as relevant audiences for judging one's own thoughts and acts."
Author: Michael Schudson
34. "I think because I came into journalism by way of the Black Panther Party - and not J-school or a corporate bourgeois institution - I tried to do news, writing and reporting that had social, political and racial content and context."
Author: Mumia Abu Jamal
35. "Writing is for men who can think and feel, not mindless sensation seekers out of nightclubs and bars. But these are bad times. We are condemned to work with upstarts, clowns who no doubt got their training in a circus and then turned to journalism as the appropriate place to display their tricks."
Author: Naguib Mahfouz
36. "I wasn't the kind of kid like Spielberg or Lucas who knew to go to film school. I didn't know at 12 what I was going to do; it took me until I was about 23. I studied journalism in college, but after school, I got a job in public television and I never worked as a journalist for one moment."
Author: Nancy Meyers
37. "Journalism justifies its own existence by the great Darwinian principle of the survival of the vulgarist."
Author: Oscar Wilde
38. "And I started as a journalism major at Ohio State, ended up in theater and I love to read."
Author: Patricia Heaton
39. "The quality of our journalism will make or break our industry, not the recession."
Author: Rebekah Brooks
40. "So this guy, Jeff Johnson, who is an accountant who cares nothing at all about a free press and cares nothing about journalism, he's a right winger who supported the war, you know, who two years ago told people he couldn't stand a word that I wrote."
Author: Robert Scheer
41. "Except for politics, no business is scrutinized more exhaustively than journalism."
Author: Russell Baker
42. "A rat called Possible New Strain was sitting under a spaghetti strainer held down with a pile of journalism textbooks, saying rude things in rat-speak."
Author: Scott Westerfeld
43. "Before journalism, I had worked doing medical aid work in conflict zones. Then, as a journalist, I had written about hospitals in war zones."
Author: Sheri Fink
44. "I think that a failure of statistical thinking is the major intellectual shortcoming of our universities, journalism and intellectual culture."
Author: Steven Pinker
45. "Journalism as theater is what TV news is."
Author: Thomas Griffith
46. "Speaking generally, people who are drawn to journalism are interested in what happens from the ground up less than they are from the top down."
Author: Tom Brokaw
47. "God, newspapers have been making up stories forever. This kind of trifling and fooling around is not a function of the New Journalism."
Author: Tom Wolfe
48. "In two days he saw Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and the management of their Wall Street Journal; Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and the top executives at the New York Times; and executives at Time, Fortune, and other Time Inc. magazines. "I would love to help quality journalism," he later said. "We can't depend on bloggers for our news."
Author: Walter Isaacson
49. "Not all deceptions are palatable. Untruths are too easy to come by, too quickly exploded, too cheap and ephemeral to give lasting comfort. Mundus vult decipi, but there is a hierarchy of deceptions.Near the bottom of the ladder is journalism: a steady stream of irresponsible distortions that most people find refreshing although on the morning after, or at least within a week, it will be stale and flat.On a higher level we find fictions that men eagerly believe, regardless of the evidence, because they gratify some wish.Near the top of the ladder we encounter curious mixtures of untruth and truth that exert a lasting fascination on the intellectual community."
Author: Walter Kaufmann
50. "(Feedback) People become addicted to it. That's why journalism is so popular, because you want to hear, every day, what people think of what you just wrote. I think a little patience on that front can be good, too."
Author: Zadie Smith

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