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.

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Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Man fatally shot in Chickasaw neighborhood, Louisville police say," 15 June 2019 Live updates: Visit to get Oregonian/OregonLive journalism delivered to your email inbox. Jamie Goldberg,, "Netherlands vs. Cameroon in 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup: Live updates, TV channel, how to watch live online," 15 June 2019 More and more, as the apocalypse approaches, the answer has pointed to sci-fi enthusiasts (Black Mirror, Stranger Things), and even millennials who work, or aspire to work, in print journalism (The Bold Type). Jason Parham, WIRED, "The Oddball Delights of Los Espookys," 14 June 2019 Solutions journalism has always been an integral part of the Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor, "Global Voices - 2018," 7 June 2019 Awards season is upon us, which means that awards season journalism is upon us. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Uh, Are We Not Going to Ask Men About #MeToo, Too?," 4 Dec. 2018 Travel brochures don’t tend to feature photos of people who look like us, and a career in journalism usually means very little money and time off. Karen K. Ho, Glamour, "You’re Supposed to Outgrow Vacation With Your Mom. I’m So Glad I Haven’t," 10 May 2019 From 1979 t0 2001, Brown worked as editor-in-chief of the some of the most prominent magazines in journalism: Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, and in 2008 Brown launched the digital news site The Daily Beast. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Tina Brown on 10 Years of Women in the World," 11 Apr. 2019 Many times our listening skills will lead us to degrees in psychology, curiosity to degrees in journalism, leading in teaching careers. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "What Should You Study in College? How To Choose Your Major," 9 Apr. 2019

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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 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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