Digital Press International is committed to the improvement and commercial viability of traditional journalism in the digital age. The quotations below were first penned 10 years ago, 50 years ago, 200 years ago. But they hold true today as ever:
The press is the best instrument for enlightening the mind of man, and improving him as a rational, moral and social being.
I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
Journalism is caring where the fire-engines are going.
– Jim Lehrer
The smarter the journalists are, the better off society is. For to a degree, people read the press to inform themselves – and the better the teacher, the better the student body.
Media is a word that has come to mean bad journalism.
The biggest improvement in the flow of information in America in our lifetimes is that no single group controls the news anymore.
The bigger the information media, the less courage and freedom they allow.
Bigness means weakness.
Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach’s St Matthew Passion on a ukulele:
The instrument is too crude for the work, for the audience and for the performer.
Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter. But I should mean that every man should receive those papers and be capable.
Every time a newspaper dies, even a bad one, the country moves a little closer to authoritarianism.
The first duty of a newspaper is to be accurate. If it be accurate, it follows that it is fair.
-Herbert Bayard Swope (1882-1958)
The Best Newspapers Are The Product of A Few Good Men — Who Can Handle The Truth
-Stephen E. Clark
Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
There is no such thing as national advertising. All advertising is local and personal. It’s one man or woman reading one newspaper in the kitchen or watching TV in the den.