‘We will fight improvidence, rascality, stupidity and sloth…’ and other great newsroom quotes

September 11, 2015
Category: Uncategorized

On Wednesday, we shared an image of a quote about journalism that went onto a wall at the Miami Herald. If you’ve ever been in a newsroom, you’ve probably seen one or two. We wanted to see more and asked people to send us photos of their own newsroom quotes.

And boy did they. We ask for a glimpse into the journalism life every now and then, and this is easily the biggest and best response so far. Thank you. Here you’ll find images from newsrooms around the country (and a few outside the country,) as well as a Storify of great quotes about journalism shared on our Facebook wall.

This first one came from Neil Godbout, managing editor of the Prince George Citizen in British Columbia, “With the best use of the word ‘rascality’ ever….”

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The Baltimore Sun’s Justin George shared an image with a few quotes:

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Bill Gray, with the Center for Public Integrity, sent several images from a wall of quotes that he says he looks at often. Here’s one:

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Charleston (West Virginia) Gazette-Mail’s Desgin Editor, Philip Maramba, sent this from the newsroom:

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And he sent this one from the sports department:

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From American Public Media’s men’s restroom (with thanks to Andy Kruse.)

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Mike Glenn with the Houston Chronicle has this up in his cubicle:

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Mediacentar Sarajevo’s Maja Calovic sent this pic.

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The First Amendment is always popular. This one’s from Southern Methodist University’s j-school (thank you Lauren Castle.)

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West Texas A&M University’s The Prarie has it, too, (thanks, Butler Cain and students.)

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At The Birmingham News, Carla Jean Whitley got creative.

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Kaarin Tisue shared this from the Chicago Tribune:

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Here’s Poynter’s version in front of our building in St. Petersburg, Florida (by me.)

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This comes from The (Fort Wayne, Indiana) Journal Gazette’s photo staff:

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Edward R. Murrow’s words are popular. This is from CNN Indonesia (thank you @kramput.)

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Greg Retsinas sent this from Portland, Oregon’s KGW News.

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This one comes from Gerald Parker.

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UNC’s John Robinson has this up on his Facebook wall (which totally counts.)

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And this comes from Daniel Gaddy at The Anniston (Alabama) Star:

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Joel Currier shared these two from the newspaper’s lobby:

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And wow to the Tampa Bay Times (which Poynter owns.) This is a serious quote wall. (Thank you, Craig Pittman.)

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Here are the quotes people shared on our Facebook wall. Some of these aren’t famous or inspirational, but they’re still pretty good.