checkbook journalism


: the practice of paying someone for a news story and especially for granting an interview

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In Europe, where checkbook journalism is rampant, Becker was paid $35,000 by a German magazine for an interview. Angela Gaudioso, SPIN, 22 May 2022 The one defense for checkbook journalism is that it’s being done in the public interest. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, 3 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of checkbook journalism was in 1963

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Cite this Entry

“Checkbook journalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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