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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

21st-Century Journalism XIV: Into the Fall

My favorite late Summer and early Fall observations from the Freedom Forum's 2006 First Amendment Calendar:

"The best journalists are the best lie detectors ... the reporters who instinctively are alert to the possibility that their sources don't know what they are talking about." -- Benjamin C. Bradlee (former executive editor, Washington Post)

"Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read." -- Frank Zappa (musician)

"Assessing the quality of journalism is not always a matter of tallying voices on each side of an issue." -- John Rubin (documentary producer)

"I should confess that I always felt a little sorry for people who didn't work for newspapers." -- Mary McGrory (journalist)

"We now live in an on-demand world. People want the news they want, and they want it when they want it." -- Tom Rosenstiel (Project for Excellence in Journalism)

"No principle [in journalism] is more important than excellence. It is not a goal to be sought and one day acquired and then retired to the trophy case. It is instead an ambition which must be pursued anew each day." -- Lee Hills (newspaper editor, publishing executive)