1. The activity or profession of writing for newspapers or magazines or of broadcasting news on radio or television.
2. The product of such activity.
In the beginning of the 17th century, the right to print was strictly controlled in England, which is probably the reason why the first newspaper in English language was printed in Amsterdam in around 1620.
Today there are 10 London-based national titles selling an average of 9,540,993 a day.
The 68 English regional dailies sell 2,085,116. The nine Scottish dailies sell 735,002; the six Welsh sell 183,131; and the three Northern Ireland titles sell 137,230.
However, if you add on the non-paid-for dailies - Metro (1.344,959) plus the London Evening Standard (circa 700,000) and City AM (113,321) - the total creeps up very close to the 15m mark.
Here are a selection of quotes by the rich and the famous:
"News is what someone wants suppressed. Everything else is advertising. The power is to set the agenda. What we print and what we don't print matter a lot." ~ Katharine Graham
"The role of a writer is not to say what we all can say, but what we are unable to say." ~ Anais Nin
"Media is just a word that has come to mean bad journalism." ~ Graham Greene
"The TV business is uglier than most things. It is normally perceived as some kind of cruel and shallow money trench through the heart of the journalism industry, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs, for no good reason." ~ Hunter S. Thompson
"Most rock journalism is people who can't write, interviewing people who can't talk, for people who can't read." ~ Frank Zappa
"The difference between literature and journalism is that journalism is unreadable and literature is not read." ~ Oscar Wilde
"If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism." ~ Hunter S. Thompson
"In America the President reigns for four years, and Journalism governs forever and ever." ~ Oscar Wilde
"Journalism never admits that nothing much is happening." ~ Mason Cooley
"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." ~ Voltaire
"Writing well means never having to say, I guess you had to be there." ~ Jef Mallett
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