checkbook journalism


Definition of checkbook journalism

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

Examples of checkbook journalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The one defense for checkbook journalism is that it’s being done in the public interest. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "‘Unethical’ actions by Missouri publisher in Greitens case spark press corps debate | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of checkbook journalism

1963, in the meaning defined above

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“Checkbook journalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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