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

Examples of journalist in a Sentence

a journalist who has won awards for two of his feature stories
Recent Examples on the Web But that would come at a cost given that US intelligence found that MBS approved the operation to capture or kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018. Matt Egan, CNN, 18 Jan. 2022 The prince’s agenda stumbled in 2018 when men working for him killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Justin Scheck, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2022 Durst was convicted for the 2000 first degree murder of journalist and screenwriter Berman and was sentenced to life imprisonment in October, 2021. Katie Song, Variety, 10 Jan. 2022 But also punctuating his rise have been a disastrous military intervention in Yemen and a disregard for human rights, including the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2018. Ben Hubbard,, 9 Jan. 2022 Highlights of its collection include the former desk of investigative journalist Ida B. Wells. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 27 Nov. 2021 The former governor said that person was the epitome of true journalist. Jeannie Roberts, Arkansas Online, 17 Nov. 2021 Trump persisted in this approach throughout his presidency, even after the Saudi regime’s murder of U.S.-resident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and its continuing, indiscriminate use of U.S. arms in its devastating war in Yemen. Enter Joe Biden. William Hartung, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 From the Archives Representatives of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the U.S. were at odds in 2018 about what happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, until Saudi Arabia confirmed that he was killed in its consulate in Istanbul. Stephen Kalin, WSJ, 3 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of journalist

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Journalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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