Heart of Journalism
“The heart of journalism is storytelling—we are storytellers and story-listeners, and that was the magic of The World. [Today], the media are increasingly becoming a purveyor of information, but information without knowledge and context is of little use to us. . . . That’s why we read novels: those stories connect us with the experiences of others. The power of journalism to change the world is when we make those intimate connections.”
—James McGrath Morris, biographer and author, Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power (2010) URL & link to interview
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PeezPix by Ted Pease
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