Definitions for: Journalism


[n] the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media
[n] newspapers and magazines collectively



Webster (1913) Definition: Jour"nal*ism, n. [Cf. F. journalisme.]
1. The keeping of a journal or diary. [Obs.]

2. The periodical collection and publication of current news;
the business of managing, editing, or writing for,
journals or newspapers; as, political journalism.

Journalism is now truly an estate of the realm.
--Ed. Rev.

Synonyms: fourth estate, news media

See Also: copy, Fleet Street, newspapering, photojournalism, print media, profession, tabloid, yellow journalism




Famous Quotes Containing Journalism:


After Watergate, which happened when I was in college, I became increasingly inspired by journalism as a way to change the world. It sounds corny, but to wake the public up, to serve a higher cause.

-- David Talbot (American Journalist)

Journalism: A profession whose business is to explain to others what it personally does not understand.

-- Lord Northcliffe (British Publisher)

When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism.

-- Jim Hightower (American Activist)

Novel writing should never be confused with journalism. Unfortunately, in the case of Primary Colors, a fair number of journalists confused.

-- Joe Klein (American Journalist)

The journalism school helped me develop writing skills, and I had been enjoying cartooning from a very young age. My interest in puppetry, however, came much later.

-- William Jackson ( -)

I would be lying if I said the journalism doesn't reflect my own choices as a reporter and a writer: what to say, what to emphasize, how to say it, what is true or untrue.

-- David Simon (American Author)

The central dilemma in journalism is that you don't know what you don't know.

-- Bob Woodward (American Journalist)

My favorite thing is still journalism. I'm almost 50. This has been my life ever since I was in college.

-- David Talbot (American Journalist)

The lowest form of popular culture - lack of information, misinformation, disinformation, and a contempt for the truth or the reality of most people's lives - has overrun real journalism. Today, ordinary Americans are being stuffed with garbage.

-- Carl Bernstein (American Journalist)

If an investigative reporter finds out that someone has been robbing the store, that may be "gotcha" journalism, but it's also good journalism.

-- Ben Bradlee (American Editor)

Journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That's why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist.

-- Andrew Vachss (American Author)

Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.

-- Archibald MacLeish (American Poet)

For many years I was engaged in journalism, writing articles and chronicles for the daily press without ever joining the staff of any newspaper.

-- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen (Danish Author)

A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state.

-- Walter Lippmann (American Journalist)

The Defense Department's plan to ban newspaper reporters from pool coverage of military operations is incredible. It reveals the administration to be out of touch with journalism, reality and the First Amendment.

-- Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (American Publisher)

I obviously prefer writing novels but I take my journalism very seriously, and I enjoy doing it between novels. It gives me an opportunity to move in the outside world.

-- Mordecai Richler (Canadian Novelist)

Internet journalism is not a world we know very well at all. It's conducted more on the screen and less in bars, which makes it rather less useful for getting stories about people throwing up over one another, which is what one's after.

-- Ian Hislop (Welsh Editor)

Be careful. Journalism is more addictive than crack cocaine. Your life can get out of balance.

-- Dan Rather (American Journalist)

I am deeply interested in the progress and elevation of journalism, having spent my life in that profession, regarding it as a noble profession and one of unequaled importance for its influence upon the minds and morals of the people.

-- Joseph Pulitzer (American Publisher)

Journalism's ultimate purpose is to inform the reader, to bring him each day a letter from home and never to permit the serving of special interests.

-- Arthur Ochs Sulzberger (American Publisher)

There's no worse crime in journalism these days than simply deciding something's a story because Drudge links to it.

-- Chuck Todd ( -)

Fantasy should be as close as possible to journalism.

-- Dino Buzzati (Italian Novelist)

There were influences in my life that were more important than journalism, such as comic strips and radio.

-- Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Cuban Novelist)

The big journals and Nobel laureates are the equivalent of Congressional leaders in science journalism.

-- Michael Pollan (American Educator)

I got into journalism because I came of age in the '60s. It just seemed one way for me to get things done.

-- Joe Klein (American Journalist)

A composite is a euphemism for a lie. It's disorderly. It's dishonest and it's not journalism.

-- Fred W. Friendly (American Producer)

I think journalism gets measured by the quality of information it presents, not the drama or the pyrotechnics associated with us.

-- Bob Woodward (American Journalist)

I think people should be consumers of journalism.

-- Andrew Vachss (American Author)

The dirty little secret of journalism is that it really isn't a profession, it's a craft. All you need is a telephone and a conscience and you're all set.

-- Andrew Sullivan (American Journalist)

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 (American Journalist)

Journalism is not just a cause, it's also a wacky profession.

-- David Talbot (American Journalist)

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.

-- Tom Brokaw (American Journalist)

I expected to go into journalism or law.

-- Christie Hefner (American Businessman)

Journalism seems to have recovered its reason for being.

-- Howard Kurtz ( -)

Perhaps the biggest problem in journalism is the cult divide between journalists and corporate owners.

-- Ken Auletta (American Journalist)


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