journalism

noun
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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Chalmers Roberts delivers a rare gem of journalism. Marvin Kalb, WSJ, "Five Best: Marvin Kalb on Memoirs of War Reporting," 11 Jan. 2019 But for all of investigative journalism’s merits, reporters writing about medical bills isn’t a great solution for the health care system’s woes. Sarah Kliff, Vox, "I read 1,182 emergency room bills this year. Here’s what I learned.," 18 Dec. 2018 Jenna Bush Hager, also 37, chose a career in journalism. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meet the 14 People Who Called George H.W. Bush Grandfather," 6 Dec. 2018 The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative journalism organization in Washington, DC. Alex Finley - Center For Public Integrity, Vox, "Trump got the National Enquirer to bury his secrets. Did he do the same with Putin?," 21 Dec. 2018 However, Aura Bogado, an immigration reporter for investigative journalism site Reveal, challenged the notion that migrants are properly cared for in a thread on Twitter. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "7-Year-Old Jackeline Caal Died in Border Patrol Custody After Migrating From Guatemala," 14 Dec. 2018 Likewise, Judy Muller, a former ABC correspondent and current journalism professor at the University of Southern California, also told the publication that Megyn likely won't be okay with disappearing or retiring right away. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "What's Going to Happen to Megyn Kelly Now That NBC Canceled Her 'Today' Hour?," 6 Nov. 2018 When tasked with creating a digital journalism project as a student, Shona created a website and community for skyborns, and researched the history of births like hers. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018 ELi, by keeping expenses low, is able to do serious journalism with very few financial resources. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "As local news outlets struggle to survive, citizen-led efforts are stepping up," 10 July 2018

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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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journalism

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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

journalism

noun
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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