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Reads tagged with “journalism”

On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address
On the Soul-Sustaining Necessity of Resisting Self-Comparison and Fighting Cynicism: A Commencement Address

“In its passivity and resignation, cynicism is a hardening, a calcification of the soul. Hope is a stretching of its ligaments, a limber reach for something greater.”

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Addiction to Truth: David Carr, the Measure of a Person, and the Uncommon Art of Elevating the Common Record
Addiction to Truth: David Carr, the Measure of a Person, and the Uncommon Art of Elevating the Common Record

“We all walk this earth feeling we are frauds. The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn’t end any time soon.”

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Fear and Loathing in Modern Media: Hunter S. Thompson on Journalism, Politics, and the Subjective
Fear and Loathing in Modern Media: Hunter S. Thompson on Journalism, Politics, and the Subjective

“There is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”

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Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling Critique the Media
Mark Twain and Rudyard Kipling Critique the Media

“There are laws to protect the freedom of the press’s speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press.”

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Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator
Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator

How the economics of the Internet are exploited to change public perception.

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The Illustrated Life of Trailblazing Journalist Nellie Bly, Who Paved the Way for Women in Media
The Illustrated Life of Trailblazing Journalist Nellie Bly, Who Paved the Way for Women in Media

A warm celebration of the fearless pioneer who championed journalists’ responsibility to “the whole wide world of mankind: good, bad and indifferent.”

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Hope, Cynicism, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves
Hope, Cynicism, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves

“Critical thinking without hope is cynicism. Hope without critical thinking is naïveté.”

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Editorial Manners 101: Raymond Chandler Tells <em>The Atlantic</em> Off
Editorial Manners 101: Raymond Chandler Tells The Atlantic Off

“Editors do not make enemies by rejecting manuscripts, but by the way they do it.”

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Nellie Was a Lady: 1945 Radio Dramatization of Pioneering Journalist Nellie Bly’s Life
Nellie Was a Lady: 1945 Radio Dramatization of Pioneering Journalist Nellie Bly’s Life

“The life, loves, and laughter of one of America’s most fascinating women.”

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E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer
E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer

“Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life.”

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