jour·​nal·​ist ˈjər-nə-list How to pronounce journalist (audio)
: a person engaged in journalism
especially : a writer or editor for a news medium
: a writer who aims at a mass audience
: a person who keeps a journal

Examples of journalist in a Sentence

a journalist who has won awards for two of his feature stories
Recent Examples on the Web His son, fellow journalist Stefan Holt, and daughter-in-law Morgan are parents to sons Henry, 6, Sam, 4, and James (not pictured), who turns 2 in late September. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2023 When Sara and her mother went to Seattle in 1933, journalists followed the two Sami women around, taking a picture of Sara on top of the Roosevelt Hotel. Nicole Dungca and Claire Healy, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Sep. 2023 Another is the source this time: Uruguayan journalist Pablo Vierci’s 2009 book of the same title, which was written in collaboration with multiple survivors of the crash and, using their more intimately detailed first-hand accounts, attempts to grant a perspective to both the living and the dead. Guy Lodge, Variety, 9 Sep. 2023 Trust me, picking a college is too important to leave to journalists. Globe Columnist,, 8 Sep. 2023 Each week, our food journalists dish, debate and analyze local restaurant news, food and drink trends, tips for cooking and shopping, and other obsessions. Erin Booke, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2023 Each week, 24 journalists from across the state will cast their votes for the top-10 teams in each class. Brendan Connelly, The Enquirer, 7 Sep. 2023 As a travel journalist who jets around the world on assignment nearly three weeks out of the month, packing has become as routine as doing the dishes or walking the dog. Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 29 Aug. 2023 Looking into her son’s death has given her purpose as a journalist again, and her editor (Norm Lewis) is supportive (in ways that are not entirely realistic, but that’s show biz). Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 29 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of journalist was in 1693

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“Journalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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jour·​nal·​ist ˈjərn-ᵊl-əst How to pronounce journalist (audio)
: an editor of or writer for a newspaper or magazine or radio and television news

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