News is what people don't want you to print. Everything else is ads.—William Randolph Hearst
News: Information the public expects to be factual and accurate. . . . —
PBS Teachers’ Guide
News: To capture the audience's
attention, news also focuses on and emphasizes the dramatic rather than the dull. It tells a story, after all, and feels compelled
to make its stories interesting. . . . — Lawrence K. Grossman, former
president of PBS and of NBC News
- Don’t send out a release when your switchboard is
closed unless you include a direct-contact phone number.
News: Anything that interests a large part of the community and has never been brought to its
attention before. - Charles A. Dana, editor of the New York Sun
changes people's behavior. -Marty Schenker, executive editor, Bloomberg "Top News"
News: What helps people
make decisions. —Melvin Mencher, Columbia
News is what I say it is. It's something worth knowing by my standards.--David Brinkley, former NBC news anchor and commentator
'News is what
I say it is.' That's the way it was in the old school. --Tom Bettag, former
ABC executive producer of "Nightline"
News organizations are trimming operations and devoting more time and space to pop culture because it attracts
consumers. Very few are investing in more, deeper and better journalism, because readers and viewers don't choose it.--Ralph Begleiter, a former CNN correspondent, in a letter in the New York Times, 10/20/15
'Education is entertaining.' How I wish more people in today's television
news believed this. --Dave Marash, a longtime news correspondent and anchor for media including, formerly,
ABC's "Nightline" and Al Jazeera English, responding in part to Begleiter.
News: Reporters "are more interested in the meaning of facts than in the facts
themselves. They're concerned with interpretation rather than accuracy, . . ." --Barton Swaim, columnist, in The Wall Street Journal
often transform the broadly accepted rules of media. And for a century they’ve pulled news toward emotion and connection.
. . .The coronavirus crisis has accelerated trends in American TV. . . . The old model for authority in public affairs,
of course, is a man in a suit and a tie behind a desk. . . . Meanwhile, Mr. Zucker’s CNN is taking TV news in the other
direction, toward reality television and Instagram, winning trust through the projection of a rough-cut realness. The Cuomos
aren’t just feeling your pain. You’re feeling theirs." --Ben
Smith, The New York Times
"Agenda-driven reporting on the news is
on the rise; news and opinion are increasingly blended; and, not surprisingly, trust in the media has reached a new low.”—Almar Latour, publisher, The Wall Street Journal
If you’re not a large cap, do avoid releasing earnings the same day as a Microsoft.