Joseph Pulitzer’s Retirement Speech & The Traits of Journalism

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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