21st-Century Journalism X: Some Advice from Informed ObserversThanks to the Freedom Forum's 2006 First Amendment Calendar, I have easy access to thoughts from all sorts of people who have commented on the mission and performance of the US press. Some that are especially relevant to maintaining quality journalism are offered below.
"Freedom to seek and speak what is true is essential to human communication." -- Pope John Paul II
"Put everything in the newspaper unvarnished. Just ask questions, write down the answers and put them in the newspaper. Pretty simple." -- Gene Miller (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist)
"I believe the road to hell is paved with adverbs." -- Stephen King (with whom I completely agree on this point)
"One of the real tragedies of the newspaper business is we constantly underrate our readers' sense of humor." -- Dave Barry
"Being offended is what happens when you have your deepest beliefs challenged, and testing your beliefs in debate and discussion is central to the process of education." -- Greg Lukianoff (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)
"We talk a lot about the people's right to know, but the people's right to tell is just as important and depends just as much on a free press." David Tomlin (AP)