jour·nal·ism | \ ˈjər-nə-ˌli-zəm \

Definition of journalism 

1a : the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media

b : the public press

c : an academic study concerned with the collection and editing of news or the management of a news medium

2a : writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine

b : writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation

c : writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest

Examples of journalism in a Sentence

She plans to major in journalism when she goes to college.

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Zachary Barnes was looking for a summer internship to finish remaining credits needed for his journalism degree at Michigan State University before heading home to San Diego to begin his career. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "MSU-led internship program helps Detroit move forward," 14 July 2018 Such cross-fertilisation is improving Latin American journalism overall, even in Nicaragua. The Economist, "Latin America’s new media are growing up," 14 July 2018 This piece was produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit journalism organization. Jane Black And Leah Douglas,, "Some food stamp recipients may soon lose access to farmers market benefits," 12 July 2018 Categories include all grade levels and every subject, from math to broadcast journalism. Laura Groch,, "North County School News, July 12," 12 July 2018 Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "As Trump backlash continues, STEM professionals in Texas run for office," 12 July 2018 Proceeds will benefit a fund established for the victims and survivors, as well as journalism scholarships. Washington Post, "Good Charlotte to headline benefit concert for 5 slain," 11 July 2018 The Monitor is publishing it as part of an international effort by more than 50 news organizations worldwide to promote solutions journalism. Eam Asaduzzaman And Shababa Iqbal, The Christian Science Monitor, "School in Bangladesh builds confidence for autistic students – and their parents," 10 July 2018 Former San Mateo High School journalism teacher Patsy Fergusson, 63, is new to theater. Lily Janiak,, "The long tail of ShortLived VII, audience-judged theater competition at PianoFight in SF," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of journalism

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of journalism

: the activity or job of collecting, writing, and editing news stories for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio


jour·nal·ism | \ ˈjər-nə-ˌli-zəm \

Kids Definition of journalism

1 : the business of collecting and editing news (as for newspapers, radio, or television)

2 : writing of general or popular interest

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