Wednesday, 8 August 2012

JOUR1111 Lecture 1 Review

This was the first week of many Journalism1111 lectures and was a general introduction. This post, I would like to discuss an array of journalism-based quotes that Dr. Brue Redman presented. A few of them really caught my attention. 

The first one was from a journalist named Phillip Graham who said ‘Journalism is the first rough draft of history’. This quote suggests that the events we write and report about now will eventually become records of history.

The second quote I also found interesting was from another journalist, Henry Anatole Grunwold, who stated ‘Journalism can never be silent: that is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air’. A quote, that means people want to essentially find out what happened before analyzing why it happened.

Another quote which explained the level of insight you gain as a journalist  was ‘I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world’ from Henry R. Luce. This quote explains that as a journalist, you get to walk into people lives because you have the device (pen, paper, camera, etc) and because of it they let you walk in freely, without hesitation.

The last quote that I also found quite interesting too a more cynical turn towards journalism, but still remains somewhat true. ‘People may expect too much of journalism. Not only do they expect it to be entertaining, but they expect it to be true’  from Lewis H. Lapham.

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