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 Jonathan Rogers, a journalism teacher at Iowa City High School, said he's used the project's podcast in his classes. Andrew Demillo, Star Tribune, "GOP states weigh limits on how race and slavery are taught," 3 Feb. 2021 But Greene had become part of the same media circuit, transforming local journalism into truth-shredding right wing website fodder and again into headlines to drive traffic from Facebook back to those websites. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Ascension of Marjorie Taylor Greene," 3 Feb. 2021 The sentence amounts to nearly five years in prison, a two-year ban on journalism activities, and a two-year ban on using all communications devices. Wired Staff, Wired, "One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 Feb. 2021 In addition to dabbling in journalism at various times, Blinken was part of a number of youthful rock bands. Karen Deyoung, Anchorage Daily News, "Antony Blinken, longtime foreign policy aide to Biden, confirmed as secretary of state," 26 Jan. 2021 At the same time, Wittstock started meeting with University of Minnesota students who were interested in journalism. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, "Laura Waterman Wittstock, Native advocate and co-founder of Migizi, dies at 83," 19 Jan. 2021 Cogen said her father’s first job out of college was as a photographer at the Light, which led to a love of photography and a career in journalism as a reporter, critic and features editor. Roger Downing,, "Former San Antonio journalist demystified personal computers for millions with popular book," 17 Jan. 2021 More than a decade ago, Zuckerman co-founded Global Voices, a network that allows people across underserved parts of the world to engage in civic journalism. Siva Vaidhyanathan, The New Republic, "Making Sense of the Facebook Menace," 5 Jan. 2021 Wolf’s decision to stay in journalism is also notable, given the potentially higher paying opportunities in esports for content creators, consultants and other roles. Washington Post, "Former ESPN esports reporter Jacob Wolf joins Dot Esports," 3 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of journalism

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Feb 2021

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“Journalism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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