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:


The only school that let me in was U.C. Santa Cruz, which is where I went. They didn't have a journalism program, so I took sociology, which is the closest thing to journalism.

-- David Talbot (American Journalist)

Journalism seems to have recovered its reason for being.

-- Howard Kurtz ( -)

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)

I started on the fringes of journalism as a cartoonist on The Daily Mail.

-- Humphrey Lyttelton (British Musician)

Journalism is literature in a hurry.

-- Matthew Arnold (English Poet)

Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.

-- Gilbert K. Chesterton (English Writer)

I can't think of any other job in journalism where the newsmakers come to you.

-- Bob Schieffer (American Journalist)

Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good.

-- Stephen Fry (British Comedian)

It is grievous to read the papers in most respects, I agree. More and more I skim the headlines only, for one can be sure what is carried beneath them quite automatically, if one has long been a reader of the press journalism.

-- Mary Ritter Beard (American Historian)

In general, science journalism concerns itself with what has been published in a handful of peer-reviewed journals - Nature, Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine - which set the agenda.

-- Michael Pollan (American Educator)

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy is a form of service journalism. To be successful, I think it has to be a combination of a good story, it has to be funny, and it also needs to be packed with useful information.

-- Ted Allen ( Entertainer)

It's all storytelling, you know. That's what journalism is all about.

-- Tom Brokaw (American Journalist)

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

-- Michael Pollan (American Educator)

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

-- Ken Auletta (American Journalist)

Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism.

-- Graham Greene (British Playwright)

I read Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Reader's Digest... I read some responsible journalism, and from that, I form my own opinions. I also happen to be intelligent, and I question everything.

-- Gary Coleman (American Actor)

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)

In any event, the proper question isn't what a journalist thinks is relevant but what his or her audience thinks is relevant. Denying people information they would find useful because you think they shouldn't find it useful is censorship, not journalism.

-- Michael Kinsley (American Journalist)

Journalism as theater is what TV news is.

-- Thomas Griffith (American Editor)

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)

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)

Before Truman Capote, journalism and non-fiction weren't taken very seriously.

-- Gerald Clarke (Zimbabwean Politician)

I fooled some of the most brilliant people in journalism.

-- Jayson Blair (American Journalist)

When I started working for Rolling Stone, I became very interested in journalism and thought maybe that's what I was doing, but it wasn't.

-- Annie Leibovitz (American Photographer)

Don't count out other amazing programming like Frontline. You will still find more hours of in-depth news programming, investigative journalism and analysis on PBS than on any other outlet.

-- Gwen Ifill (American Journalist)

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)

I'm an expert on the NewsHour and it isn't how I practice journalism. I am not involved in the story. I serve only as a reporter or someone asking questions. I am not the story.

-- Jim Lehrer (American Journalist)

One of the sad things about contemporary journalism is that it actually matters very little. The world now is almost inured to the power of journalism. The best journalism would manage to outrage people. And people are less and less inclined to outrage.

-- David Simon (American Author)

I keep telling myself to calm down, to take less of an interest in things and not to get so excited, but I still care a lot about liberty, freedom of speech and expression, and fairness in journalism.

-- Kate Adie (British Journalist)

All the faults of the age come from Christianity and journalism. Christianity, of course, but why journalism?

-- Frank Harris (Irish Author)

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)

The nature of journalism has been the enemy of idealism and the source of cynicism among American reporters and editors throughout our history.

-- Richard Harwood ( -)

The Congressional leaders set the agenda for journalism; it's not the other way around.

-- Michael Pollan (American Educator)

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)


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