jour·​nal·​ism | \ ˈjər-nə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce journalism (audio) \

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Latest News Access our in-depth journalism, including investigations, things to do around town, sports coverage from high school to the Cardinals, Diamondbacks and Suns, and much more in our easy-to-use app. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "How to best experience the azcentral app," 16 Sep. 2019 The charges appear to be efforts at justifying government detention and retaliation for his critical journalism, including recent reporting on alleged divisions in Tanzania’s ruling party for regional weekly The East African. Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 3 Sep. 2019 Tyler King is a journalism student at Penn State University. Tyler King, Houston Chronicle, "Louisiana wins 1st Little League World Series title," 25 Aug. 2019 Sogou has already been using the technology in the realm of journalism. Alyssa Newcomb, Fortune, "No Humans Needed: Chinese Company Uses AI to Read the News, Books," 24 Aug. 2019 Our editorial code of principles governs professional behavior and journalism standards., "Corrections and clarifications," 15 Sep. 2019 Plumbing the mainstream Retrofitting American political journalism to defend it against populists—to which, mind, the left has historically been as susceptible as the right—calls for more modest change. The Economist, "A full-court press," 14 Sep. 2019 ProPublica Illinois is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. Jodi S. Cohen, ProPublica, "As Students From China Flock to University of Illinois, Lawsuit Alleges Ex-Professor Targeted Female Chinese Students," 13 Sep. 2019 Treating Cohn like a Hitler henchman, and a betrayer of his race, reveals the insensitivity that has overtaken Millennial journalism. Armond White, National Review, "Where’s My Roy Cohn? Is a Lesson in Demonization," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of journalism

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of journalism was in 1791

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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 How to pronounce journalism (audio) \

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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