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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That’s what journalism is to those of us who stay in it, even in an industry that sometimes struggles to survive. Karina Bland, azcentral, "In spite of Annapolis shooting, no other options for journalists," 2 July 2018 Some reporters have said after the Annapolis shooting that overall rhetoric related to journalism has soured since President Trump’s candidacy. Anna Orso,, "Following Annapolis shooting, journalists contemplate angry readers, death threats and backlash," 29 June 2018 Independent journalism has been all but obliterated. Salil Shetty, Time, "Today I Visited My Turkish Colleague in Prison. Erdogan’s Crackdown Must Stop," 20 June 2018 Alas, Fox News' sudden pivot to something resembling truthful journalism was short-lived, as Huntsman offered an on-the-air apology for her good and accurate assessment of the situation. Jay Willis, GQ, "Fox News Momentarily Pivots to Truthful Journalism," 11 June 2018 Benjamin Toff is assistant professor of journalism and mass communication at the University of Minnesota. Benjamin Toff, Washington Post, "How worried are you about an impending trade war? That might depend on what your fellow party members think," 12 July 2018 Originally from Cerritos, Calif., Shashank holds degrees in journalism and French from USC and a master’s in public policy from Harvard. George Styllis,, "Rescue mission seeking to free trapped Thai soccer team may face danger from weekend storms," 6 July 2018 In recent weeks, political protest, investigative journalism, and organizing around migrants’ rights have been highly effective in raising consciousness and building a moral consensus against child separation. Crystal Marie Fleming, Vox, "Maxine Waters and the trope of the “angry black woman”," 29 June 2018 Her work earned her journalism and public relations awards. Yvonne Wenger,, "Capital Gazette shooting victim Wendi Winters: A prolific writer who chronicled her community," 29 June 2018

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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 \

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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