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Joseph Pulitzer
1847 - 1911

Hungarian-born American journalist. Pulitzer was a reporter and editor for various papers until he bought two St. Louis newspapers in 1878 and combined them in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Five years later he purchased the New York World, and from these two newspaper platforms undertook crusades against corruption and for organized labour. In 1903, he established the foundation for the Pulitzer Prizes for literature which are still given annually today.


Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all accurately so they will be guided by its light.

[Public openness] There is not a crime, there is not a dodge, there is not a trick, there is not a swindle, there is not a vice which does not live by secrecy.

Newspapers should have no friends.

 The newspaper that is true to its highest mission will concern itself with the things that ought to happen tomorrow, or the next month, or the next year, and will seek to make what ought to happen come to pass ... the highest mission of the press is to render public service.

Publicity, publicity, publicity is the greatest factor and force in our public life.