Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Notes on Journalism

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.
-Thomas Jefferson

I fear three newspapers more than a hundred thousand bayonets.
-Napoleon

A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
-Arthur Miller

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.
-Warren Buffett

Media is a word that has come to mean bad journalism.
-Graham Greene

The biggest improvement in the flow of information in America in our lifetimes is that no single group controls the news anymore.
-Peggy Noonan

The bigger the information media, the less courage and freedom they allow.

Bigness means weakness.
-Eric Sevareid

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.
-Ben Bagdikian

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.
-Thomas Jefferson

Every time a newspaper dies, even a bad one, the country moves a little closer to authoritarianism.
-Richard Kluger

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.
-Thomas Jefferson

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.
-Morris Hite

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