Favorite Quotations ~  Journalism Copyeditor's Handbook

"Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space."~ Rebecca West

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Somewhere in the dim recesses of the journalistic soul lies the horrible suspicion: This is really a pretty shallow and maybe unseemly way for a grownup to make a living. ~ Andrew Ferguson

I always think there are people looking not so much for information as for reassurance and reaffirmation of their views. ~ Tom Brokaw, NY Times, 11/14/04

Journalism largely consists of saying "Lord Jones is Dead" to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive. ~ G.K. Chesterton

If you sent me to cover a pie-baking contest on Mother's Day, I'm going to ask dear old Mom why she used artificial sweetener or stole the apples! ~ Sam Donaldson

Journalism is caring where the fire-engines are going. ~ Jim Lehrer

I've always felt privileged to cover the White House and to have that ringside seat to history ~ Helen Thomas

I have tried to remain a working, cutting-edge journalist and I don't do it the way everybody else does it. And I think that's the difference. ~ Dan Rather

Good journalism should challenge people, not just mindlessly amuse them. ~ Carl Bernstein

Government without a tough and vibrant media is not an option for the United States of America. ~ Barack Obama

The mismanagement of American newspapering is quite remarkable. But all of the fellows responsible are now on a golf course in Hilton Head or some such (place), having secured their bonuses and golden-parachute buyouts. ~ David Simon, Utne, Nov-Dec, 2011

An erudite is someone who displays less than he knows; a journalist or consultant the opposite. ~ Nassim Taleb, Guardian News, Nov 24, 2012

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