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My challenge was even greater as a journalist, because this was happening in my own backyard.
I used to be a freelance journalist, so I had to write fast, but I always found writing nonfiction constraining. I like the freedom of fiction, where I get to invent everything, and tidy, conclusive endings are within my control.
A journalist also needs to be disciplined, and so do I. I am, essentially, lazy. Without discipline I'd be just a mass of gummy bears on the sofa instead of on book tour with my eighth novel.
There is a type of snobbish, pompous journalist who thinks that the only news that has any validity is war, famine, pestilence or politics. I don't come from that school.
I get much more information about the rest of the world from people who are not Americans. You get a distance from America that is useful for a journalist; useful for my perspective on the world.
Sometimes when I speak to groups or I'm interviewed by a journalist, I ask them to imagine their communities without Girl Scouts - to imagine the thousands of food drives and clothing and toy collections that would never take place if not for Girl Scouts.
Anna Maria Chavez
I don't think I'm an intentional liar, but I'm a little bit of an exaggerator sometimes. If I'm exaggerating, and the journalist exaggerates on top of that, then we end up in funny territory.
Autre Ne Veut
One of the few benefits of being a journalist is that you're not in the Army.
P. J. O'Rourke
I became a journalist partly so that I wouldn't ever have to rely on the press for my information.
Of all possible subjects, travel is the most difficult for an artist, as it is the easiest for a journalist.
W. H. Auden
I became a journalist because one didn't have to specialise.
One journalist estimated my liquid net worth at $25 million. That's pretty close. My houses are worth another $7 million.
I am a journalist.
I was a scholarship minor public school day boy at Ardingly College and later Whitgift School. Then, straight into work as a journalist - a wonderful thing for a writer.
An interview will seem very sane to me, and I'll find out that the journalist was laughing out of the side of his mouth half of the time.
Actually, I graduated from university as a journalist.
I wanted to be a lawyer. Then a journalist. Actually, I graduated from university as a journalist.
Well, I don't know how astute I am, but I did want to be a journalist when I was growing up.
Scepticism is as important for a good journalist as it is for a good scientist.
Things happened there that I don't think are the finest hours for anybody, whether it was a journalist, the legal system or, in that case of the political system, who would say that was an example of when Washington worked best.
I never set out to be a journalist. I wanted to be a humanitarian doctor like Albert Schweitzer, working in Africa.
Janine di Giovanni
I think for a young journalist, it's better to write for the Web at the moment than it is for print.
Assange is not a 'journalist' any more than the 'editor' of al-Qaeda's new English-language magazine 'Inspire' is a 'journalist.' He is an anti-American operative with blood on his hands.
I'm 68 and a half years old; I grew up with newspapers; I love newspapers; I love the news business. I started CNN; I'm a journalist and proud of it.
Journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That's why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist.
John F. Kennedy
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