Quotes on Journalism

Been studying the whole evening for my Understanding Journalism (MS C103) midterm tomorrow morning. It’s definitely nice that I had time this week to start studying early. Now I can get some shut-eye before the test!

The class is really interesting, and has definitely opened my eyes to a lot of things that have been going on in journalism today. I came across some very interesting and thought-provoking quotes from past journalists that I wanted to share.

“[A journalist] must cultivate skepticism while avoiding cynicism.” -Thomas Griffith

“My business is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” -Finley Peter Dunne

“To write the truth as I see it; to defend the weak against the strong; to fight for justice; and to seek, as best I can, to bring healing perspectives to bear on the terrible hates and fears of mankind, in the hope of someday bringing about one world, in which men will enjoy the differences of the human garden instead of killing each other over them.” -I.F. Stone

I definitely respect what these people do, and I do realize the importance of a well-informed society in keeping political institutions in check. It’s our duty as citizens to know what is going on in the world, so we can prevent the same man-made disasters from happening and notice important trends.

As for the current state of journalism – a whole different story. Potentially more thoughts to come, but for now, sleep.

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