advocacy journalism


Definition of advocacy journalism

: journalism that advocates a cause or expresses a viewpoint

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advocacy journalist noun

Examples of advocacy journalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1993, The Republic embarked on an ambitious course of advocacy journalism in the Pulliam tradition. John D'anna, azcentral, "The Arizona Republic at 130 years old: 'First, last and all the time a newspaper'," 19 May 2020 The paper didn't care for balanced reporting: This was advocacy journalism, with a strong dose of saucy celebrity gossip. Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Why pro-democracy troublemaker Jimmy Lai is the only Hong Kong multi-millionaire standing up to China," 27 Aug. 2019 Andy Bosselman is editor and executive director of Streetsblog Denver, an affiliate of a national network of nonprofit advocacy journalism publications that cover the movement for better walking, biking and public transportation. Andy Bosselman, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: To save lives, Denver must commit to more red-light cameras," 15 Nov. 2019 Dean Nelson, a media analyst and the director of the journalism program at Point Loma Nazerene University, calls it advocacy journalism. San Diego Union-Tribune, "One America News counts Trump as a fan. But the San Diego channel is fighting for millions more viewers," 27 Sep. 2019 But there are many kinds of journalism: straight news, expert analysis, advocacy journalism (think alt weeklies), cultural criticism and opinion writing. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Parlergate? What we know and don’t know about Kari Lake’s return to Fox 10," 24 July 2019 Assorted independent movements and personal goals converged to occasion the arrival of young black filmmakers outside the Hollywood system, but Ugwu’s advocacy journalism caters to a generational ignorance that is superficial and uninformed. Armond White, National Review, "The New York Times’ Black-Film Roundtable Ignores Black American Excellence," 10 July 2019 The magazine’s editor, Osborn Elliott, believed the package represented a move away from the objective reporting revered in this era and a rush toward a new type of advocacy journalism. Alice George, Smithsonian, "The 1968 Kerner Commission Got It Right, But Nobody Listened," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of advocacy journalism

1969, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of advocacy journalism was in 1969

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“Advocacy journalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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