Chin up, journo!

If you’re a student journalist, you probably still care what people think about your current and future profession. If you’re not, you may know that some people snicker recently when they hear a new acquaintance is a journalist. Or you may snicker yourself. And with “proud” moments in the industry like the phone hacking scandal, various invasion of privacy issues, paying the police, etc. who can blame you.

For the wannabe journos out there looking forward to Monday morning, here’s a selection of quotes about the profession to perk you up. Carefully sourced from BrainyQuote for your enjoyment.

“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write, interviewing people who can’t talk, for people who can’t read.”
Frank Zappa

“By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.”
Oscar Wilde

“The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read.”
Oscar Wilde

“Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.”
Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business – which at least does us all some good.”
Stephen Fry

“Journalism: an ability to meet the challenge of filling the space.”
Rebecca West

“When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism.”
Jim Hightower

“The biggest problem in rock journalism is that often the writer’s main motivation is to become friends with the band. They’re not really journalists; they’re people who want to be involved in rock and roll.”
Chuck Klosterman

“All of journalism is a shrinking art. So much of it is hype. The O.J. Simpson story is a landmark in the decline of journalism.”
Dick Schaap

Note: This is for fun. I like journalism and journalists. I am one, or at least I aspire to be.

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