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:


As I went to college, I went into radio and television. Now I suppose most people think that's one step ahead of basket weaving as a major in college, but it was part of the journalism department.

-- Sam Donaldson (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)

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)

Fantasy should be as close as possible to journalism.

-- Dino Buzzati (Italian Novelist)

The First Law of Journalism: to confirm existing prejudice, rather than contradict it.

-- Alexander Cockburn (English Lawyer)

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

-- Gerald Clarke (Zimbabwean Politician)

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)

In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.

-- Ellen Goodman (American Journalist)

The critical importance of honest journalism and a free flowing, respectful national conversation needs to be had in our country. But it is being buried as collateral damage in a war whose battles include political correctness and ideological orthodoxy.

-- Juan Williams (American Journalist)

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)

I think journalism is a great way to do public service, to have an impact on your community.

-- Bob Schieffer (American Journalist)

The biggest problem in rock journalism is that often the writer's main motivation is to become friends with the band. They're not really journalists; they're people who want to be involved in rock and roll.

-- Chuck Klosterman (American Critic)

If you believe in journalism, you don't insult good journalists.

-- Sydney Schanberg (American Journalist)

And I really believe good journalism is good business.

-- Christiane Amanpour (English Journalist)

Journalism constructs momentarily arrested equilibriums and gives disorder an implied order. That is already two steps from reality.

-- Thomas Griffith (American Editor)

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

-- Dan Rather (American Journalist)

Journalism students need to understand it and need a solid background in the liberal arts, in sociology, economics, literature and language, because they won't get it later on.

-- Harrison Salisbury (American Journalist)

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

-- Gerald Clarke (Zimbabwean Politician)

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

-- Michael Pollan (American Educator)

My own view, there is a need for and a demonstrated need for more journalism now than there ever has been.

-- Jim Lehrer (American Journalist)

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

-- Tom Brokaw (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)

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 ( -)

Local television news, on both radio and television, is so appalling. Makes print journalism look like the greatest stuff ever written.

-- Robert McChesney (American Critic)

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)

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)

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 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)

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 people should be consumers of journalism.

-- Andrew Vachss (American Author)

Good journalism, I think, represents life and if you try to organize something too neatly it usually blows up in your face and doesn't really happen the way you want it to.

-- John Pomfret ( Poet)

At CNN, our view is that good journalism equals good business.

-- Jim Walton (American Businessman)

In the end, Dan Rather's legend skewered him, CBS and the craft of journalism.

-- Tina Brown (American Editor)

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)

I'd like to get back into journalism. I'm hoping someone will offer me a job as a commentator or one of those political analysts that you see on the news shows all the time.

-- Jeff Gannon (American Journalist)


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