What Is Good Journalism?
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  • 1. What is Good Journalism? Pramit Singh Founder, Bighow.com World’s Best Tool For Local Journalism
  • 2. Give Voice
    • A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.
    • - Arthur Miller
  • 3. Truth over everything else
    • Sometimes good journalism is bad public relations.
    • - Steve Capus
  • 4. Assume Nothing
    • If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the jails of that country will be filled with good people.
    • - Daniel Moynihan
  • 5. Ask and you shall…
    • There aren't any embarrassing questions - only embarrassing answers.
    • - Carl Rowan
  • 6. Doubt is Good
    • Journalists aren't supposed to praise things.
    • It's a violation of work rules almost as serious as buying drinks with our own money or absolving the CIA of something.
    • - P.J. O'Rourke
  • 7. Incite Conversation
    • The secret of successful journalism is to make your readers so angry they will write half your paper for you.
    • - C.E.M. Joad
  • 8. Go after the unusual
    • When a dog bites a man that is not news, but when a man bites a dog that is news.
    • - Charles Anderson Dana
  • 9. Make sense out of nonsense
    • In the real world, the right thing never happens in the right place and the right time. It is the job of journalists and historians to make it appear that it has.
    • - Mark Twain
  • 10. You are doing it for the world
    • When I’m Reporting, I am a Citizen of the World.
    • - Bob Franken , CNN
  • 11. It will never be enough
    • Remember, son, many a good story has been ruined by over-verification.
    • - James Gordon Bennett
  • 12. Show, don’t tell
    • A news story should be like a mini skirt on a pretty woman. Long enough to cover the subject but short enough to be interesting.
    • - Anonymous, linked to a Texas newspaper editor
  • 13. Provide context
    • [In Katrina, CNN] learned from Jon Stewart how to use simple juxtaposition to make a point, ... Clip of a federal official explaining how no one anticipated the strength of the storm.
    • Clip from the Weather Channel proving plenty of people did.
    • - Jay Rosen
  • 14. Verify, Verify
    • If Your Mother Says She Loves You,
    • Check It Out
    • - CJR
  • 15. Be Original, Be Yourself
    • A journal should be neither an echo nor a pander.
    • George William Curtis
  • 16. Get it right
    • In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right.
    • Ellen Goodman
  • 17. Work up the people
    • The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.
    • Nikolai Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
  • 18. Use your power wisely
    • Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets.
    • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • 19. Be Passionate
    • Being a reporter is as much a diagnosis as a job description.
    • Anna Quindlen
  • 20. Prioritize
    • I always turn to the sports section first. The sports section records people's accomplishments; the front page nothing but man's failures.
    • Earl Warren, quoted in Sports Illustrated, 22 July 1968
  • 21. Focus on why and how
    • Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock.
    • - Ben Hecht
  • 22. Less noise, more signal
    • Comment is free, but facts are sacred.
    • - C.P. Scott, in the Manchester Guardian