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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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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15 Jan 2020

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“Journalism.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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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