jour·​nal·​ist | \ ˈjər-nə-list How to pronounce journalist (audio) \

Definition of journalist

1a : a person engaged in journalism especially : a writer or editor for a news medium
b : a writer who aims at a mass audience
2 : a person who keeps a journal

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Examples of journalist in a Sentence

a journalist who has won awards for two of his feature stories
Recent Examples on the Web Kanter also expanded on his comparison of Erdogan with Hitler, saying that Erdogan had committed human rights abuses such as jailing journalists and other dissenters. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Boston Celtics' Enes Kanter discusses his activism and opposition to Turkish government," 10 Jan. 2020 Robin Givhan is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and fashion critic for the Washington Post and author of The Battle of Versailles: The Night American Fashion Stumbled Into the Spotlight and Made History. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 Here are tips for local education reporters, college newspaper journalists and anyone else who wants to hold academia accountable on how to dig into the disclosures. 1. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "Reporting Recipe: How to Investigate Professors’ Conflicts of Interest," 7 Jan. 2020 The news today, properly understood, is about the careers of politicians and journalists. Greg Jackson, Harper's magazine, "Vicious Cycles," 6 Jan. 2020 Roberta Villa, a journalist and doctor, calls for a more empathetic approach. Douglas Starr, Science | AAAS, "This Italian scientist has become a celebrity by fighting vaccine skeptics," 2 Jan. 2020 Finally, detailed but highly subjective portraits of historical figures appear at intervals, from Presidents and financiers to radical journalists and labor agitators. Matt Hanson, The New Yorker, "What John Dos Passos’s “1919” Got Right About 2019," 29 Dec. 2019 The episode angered thousands and put journalists and open government advocates on high alert ever since. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee TV station sues Tony Evers for refusing to release his emails," 19 Dec. 2019 Accusers, journalists and psychologists weighed in, and millions of viewers tuned in. Tracy Swartz,, "‘Surviving R. Kelly’ sequel to premiere in January," 11 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of journalist

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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16 Jan 2020

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“Journalist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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jour·​nal·​ist | \ ˈjər-nə-list How to pronounce journalist (audio) \

Kids Definition of journalist

: an editor or reporter of the news

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