Quote of the Week – 12/10/11

“The world is full of people who would like to control the flow of information. [They] are winning the information war. The liars are winning.” Continue Reading

Quote of the Week – 23/2/11

“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.” Continue Reading

Classic quotes – journalism

“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

“Laziness has become the chief characteristic of journalism, displacing incompetence.”
Kingsley Amis

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

“Newspapers are unable seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilisation.”
George Bernard Shaw

“Once a newspaper touches a story, the facts are lost forever, even to the protagonists.”
Norman Mailer

“Get your facts first, and then you can distort ’em as much as you please.”
Mark Twain

“The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing. Journalism, conscious of this, and having tradesman-like habits, supplies their demands.”
Oscar Wilde

“Freedom of the press in Britain is freedom to print such of the proprietor’s prejudices as the advertisers won’t object to.”
Hannen Swafffer


“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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