Archive for the ‘newspapers’ Category

Quote of the day, Sept. 22

September 22, 2017

Arthur Schopenhauer, from Essays and Aphorisms

“Exaggeration in every sense is as essential to newspaper writing as it is to the writing of plays: for the point is to make as much as possible of every occurrence. So that all newspaper writers are, for the sake of their trade, alarmists: this is their way of making themselves interesting. What they really do, however, is resemble little dogs who, as soon as anything whatever moves, start up a loud barking. It is necessary, therefore, not to pay too much attention to their alarms, and to realize in general that the newspaper is a magnifying glass, and this only at best: for very often it is no more than a shadow-play on the wall.”

Quote of the day, Feb. 17

February 17, 2017

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr., on reporting

“As for newspaper or magazine accounts, they are sometimes worse than useless when they purport to give the inside reality of decisions; their relation to reality is often considerably less than the shadows in Plato’s cave. I have too often seen the most conscientious reporters attribute to government officials views the exact opposite of which the officials were advocating within the government to make it possible for me to take the testimony of journalism in such matters seriously again.”

Quote of the day, Dec. 25

December 25, 2016

Mohandas K. Gandhi, on women (from Young India, 4 October 1930)

“To call woman the weaker sex is a libel; it is man’s injustice to woman. (more…)

Quote of the day, Nov. 17

November 17, 2016

Walter Winchell, on democracy

“Too many people expect wonders from democracy, when the most wonderful thing of all is just having it.”

Quote of the day, April 16

April 16, 2015

Le Constitutionnel, Paris, France, 29 April 1865

“All differences of political opinion vanish before assassination, and all honorable people, however they may be divided upon the questions of the day, feel the same horror. (more…)

Quote of the day, April 15

April 15, 2015

New York Times, from 16 April 1865

“The heart of this nation was stirred yesterday as it has never been stirred before. (more…)

American reporter says find stories that work

February 7, 2015

Schaeffer_1aBy David W. Bulla

ABU DHABI, U.A.E.—Jim Schaefer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter from the Detroit Free Press, told journalists on Jan. 27, 2015, to be creative when facing challenges with sourcing.

“I’m not a magician,” said Schaefer, who is the assistant editor for enterprise and investigations for the Free Press, one the 25 highest circulated newspapers in the United States, “and I am not a expert on how journalism is done. What I can say is that if a source or a superior tells you not to do something, then I say go find some aspect of the story you can do or find another stimulating story to do.”

Schaefer was speaking to journalists working in the United Arab Emirates in a symposium at Grand Millennium Hotel at Al Wahda in Abu Dhabi. The Emirates Journalists Association and the U.S. State Department sponsored his talk.

“I prefer documents to human sources because they don’t lie,” Schaefer continued, “but if I can’t find a document, then people are next on my list.” (more…)