Joseph Pulitzer’s Retirement Speech & The Traits of Journalism

As human beings, we all have been given a brain to use. As fellow human beings, we have a responsibility to care for and to stand up for each other. We must give a voice to those who have none.
The world will constantly need people to look at and reflect on what is happening. Time and again, thinking minds will have to stand up and dare to analyse and interpret.

Maliha Khanam

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“Always fight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always oppose privileged classes and public, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisfied with merely printing news always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by a predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty.”

Joseph Pulitzer

This statement was stated by the American newspaper editor and publisher journalist Joseph Pulitzer in his retirement speech in 1907. Joseph Pulitzer helped to establish the pattern of the modern newspaper. He is regarded as one of the most powerful journalists of the United States at his time. One of his newspapers “New York World” was one the most sensational newspapers in the history of the United States of America.

The following statement is from his retirement speech that describes the characteristics of a journalist. It tells how a journalist should…

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6 Responses to Joseph Pulitzer’s Retirement Speech & The Traits of Journalism

  1. Andrew James Chandler says:

    Hello Marcus! Did you know that Pulitzer was originally Hungarian? In his brilliant little book, ‘Made in Hungary’, György Bolgár wrote that Pulitzer, the founder of the most prestigious journalistic prize in the world, was born in the small Hungarian town of Makó and emigrated from Hungary to the US in 1864 to serve in the American Civil War, later becoming the well-known publisher and posthumous founder of Columbia University’s School of Journalism and the prestigious prizes.

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    • Guestspeaker says:

      Thank you for your reaction and to bring this under the eyes of our readers.
      Yes I know he was born in Makó, the town in Csongrád County, in southeastern Hungary, 10 km (6 mi) from the Romanian border, in 1847.
      It was after he had been reared in Budapest, that Pulitzer sought a military career and emigrated to the United States in 1864 to fight as a recruit for the Union army in the American Civil War (1861–65).
      It is also interesting that he four years after his immigration, first became a reporter, in St. Louis, Missouri, on a German-language daily newspaper, the Westliche Post.

      We also may not forget that he was not afraid to bring exposés of political corruption and crusaded investigative reporting, but at the same time was a genius to smell where the bulb was burning and to find ways to make money, making his newspapers also vehicles of entertainment as well as of information.

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