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15 Quotes to Inspire Journalists:

“News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising. The power is to set the agenda. What we print and what we don’t print matter a lot.”
– Katharine Graham

It’s easy to find litanies of the things wrong with journalism today or the treatises of rumors and reasons it’s dying. This isn’t one of those lists. Instead, here’s a collection of quotes to inspire journalists and pay homage to those forging the future.

As you read these, feel free to replace newspaper with website and print with post, and so on. Think less about the specific word choice and more about the underlying truth.

“Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you’re at it.” 
– Horace Greeley

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

“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

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

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.”
– Voltaire (attributed to)

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

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

“The less you know, the more you believe.”
– Bono

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

“Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to be always part of unanimity.”
– Christopher Morley

“Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.”
– David Sedaris

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

“The future does not fit in the containers of the past.” 
– Rishad Tobaccowala

“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 is just literature in a hurry.”–Matthew Arnold

“Journalism is the way you want to shape the world with accurate information, depending on your mission.” –Howard Mlozi

“God is dead!” -Nietzsche-
“Nietzche is dead!” -God-
“I want more life, Fucker!” -Blad Runner-

8 Responses to About

  1. admin says:

    Hello! We chatted with you briefly at the courthouse while you were filming the comments by Mason county residents regarding the proposed incinerator. We wanted to thank you for realizing in advance the importance of recording that meeting. We came away from the meeting with our heads spinning with new information, as well as many questions. If you hear of any other meetings regarding the incinerator, please let us know. Thank you. –Sue & Todd–

  2. I had problems with Puget Sound Anarchist using my artwork violating my copyright.. thanks for the help!!!

  3. snitchhater says:

    Orwell never said that. That’s a modified quote of Willy Hearst.

    “News is something somebody doesn’t want printed; all else is advertising.” – William Randolph Hearst

    • admin says:

      Snitch Hunter, perhaps–but if not, he should have.
      Mr. Hearst also said, “Don’t be afraid to make a mistake; your readers might like it.”

      • snitchhater says:

        I mean I don’t care much for authorship validating content anyway. It doesn’t make the quote any less true, but yeah just thought you should know

  4. Trudy Springer says:

    I am doing research on the perpetrators of the recent ghetto con that resulted in the Media Island hostile takeover and the crises it is causing at the Olympia Food Co-op. Would you be willing to share what information you have on the con artists playing this con on Olympia.

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