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:


Journalism as theater is what TV news is.

-- Thomas Griffith (American Editor)

When I was a freelancer, I thought this journalism thing was a racket, and now that I'm where I am now, I know it's a racket.

-- Tabitha Soren (American Celebrity)

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

-- Dan Rather (American Journalist)

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 (Austrian Editor)

I recognize that I had a good deal of good luck in my life. I came along at a time when it was pretty easy to get a job in journalism. I went to work at CBS News when I was about 22, and within a year or so was reporting on the air.

-- Charles Kuralt (American Journalist)

And after about two years, I realized that creative writing was not going to help you ace those biological tests. So I switched over to journalism. I didn't graduate with honors, but I did graduate on time and with some doing.

-- Bob Schieffer (American Journalist)

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

-- Lord Northcliffe (British Publisher)

Surely the glory of journalism is its transience.

-- Malcolm Muggeridge (British Journalist)

And I believe that good journalism, good television, can make our world a better place.

-- Christiane Amanpour (English Journalist)

You're under pressure when you produce facts. You're working with facts in journalism, but you're under all kinds of formal constraints; there are expectations.

-- Denis Johnson (German Writer)

As electronic journalism came to be evaluated for its cost effectiveness, the network world began breaking up.

-- Roger Mudd (American Journalist)

Journalism is popular, but it is popular mainly as fiction. Life is one world, and life seen in the newspapers is another.

-- Gilbert K. Chesterton (English Writer)

I don't have any well-developed philosophy about journalism. Ultimately it is important in a society like this, so people can know about everything that goes wrong.

-- Charles Kuralt (American Journalist)

I wrote for a weekly magazine and then edited a literary magazine, but I did not really feel comfortable with the profession of journalism itself.

-- Guillermo Cabrera Infante (Cuban Novelist)

Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy.

-- P. J. O'Rourke (American Comedian)

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)

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)

I suggest that what we want to do is not to leave to posterity a great institution, but to leave behind a great tradition of journalism ably practiced in our time.

-- Henry R. Luce ( Editor)

In journalism it is simpler to sound off than it is to find out. It is more elegant to pontificate than it is to sweat.

-- Harold Evans (British Journalist)

Journalism is in fact history on the run.

-- Thomas Griffith (American Editor)

I didn't like the competitiveness of big-time journalism.

-- Charles Kuralt (American Journalist)

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.

-- Hunter S. Thompson (American Journalist)

I worked for a newspaper in Europe for, I lived in Europe for about seven years, so I worked in this sort of a yellow journalism kind of a thing, it was like a scandal sheet.

-- Kurt Loder (American Journalist)

I'm in the reporting part of journalism.

-- Jim Lehrer (American Journalist)

Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.

-- Archibald MacLeish (American Poet)

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.

-- Hillary Clinton (American Politician)

David Brinkley was an icon of modern broadcast journalism, a brilliant writer who could say in a few words what the country needed to hear during times of crisis, tragedy and triumph.

-- Tom Brokaw (American Journalist)

TV journalism is a much more collaborative, horizontal business than print reporting. It has to be, because of the logistics. Anchors are wholly dependent on producers to do all the hustling.

-- Tina Brown (American Editor)

I don't think Fox News or Rush Limbaugh need Clinton it turns out. I think there's a hunger out there for - whether it's on the left or right - a more lively and provocative type of political journalism. I think Salon and Fox on the other side have both benefited from that.

-- David Talbot (American Journalist)

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.

-- Robert Scheer (American Journalist)

Objective journalism and an opinion column are about as similar as the Bible and Playboy magazine.

-- Walter Cronkite (American Journalist)

The courage in journalism is sticking up for the unpopular, not the popular.

-- Geraldo Rivera (American Journalist)

Needless, heedless, wanton and deliberate injury of the sort inflicted by Life's picture story is not an essential instrument of responsible journalism.

-- Abe Fortas (American Judge)

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)

The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason.

-- Hunter S. Thompson (American Journalist)


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