jour·nal·ist | \ˈjər-nə-list \

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

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Just last week, Milo Yiannopoulos called for the shooting of journalists. Film Crit Hulk, The Verge, "Don’t feed the trolls, and other hideous lies," 12 July 2018 The data show that the malicious emails came in waves, some 20 or 30 of them at a time, aimed at diplomats, journalists, defense contractors and other Russian intelligence targets across the world. Raphael Satter,, "Long-hidden hackers unmasked by special counsel investigation," 13 July 2018 Members of the community resented press from northern states coming down to cover the issue — especially black journalists, who were relegated to a card table in the courtroom and berated by the local sheriff. Gabby Raymond, Time, "The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation of Emmett Till's Murder. Here Are 5 Things to Know About the Case," 12 July 2018 Payap Maiming, who helped provide food and necessities to rescue workers and journalists, noted that fact. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 The new series is about a journalist, played by Amy Adams, who travels back to her hometown to report on the murders of several young women. Jessica Fecteau,, "A PSA About Self-Harm and Substance Abuse Will Air at the End of Every Sharp Objects Episode," 11 July 2018 Another critic, journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, says the private sector’s ties to Mr. Ortega lent political legitimacy to his regime. John Otis, WSJ, "Nicaraguan Leader’s Former Pro-Business Allies Want Him Out," 10 July 2018 The young journalist, an Emmy winner and the host of NBC’s Snapchat show Stay Tuned, has made her way up from intern to executive assistant to NBC correspondent. Susannah Hutcheson, USA TODAY, "How I became a journalist for the younger generation: 'Stay Tuned' host Savannah Sellers," 10 July 2018 Hundreds of activists, lawyers, protesters, religious leaders, journalists, a heavy presence of federal law enforcement officers and even National Guard troops have poured into this city and the rest of the Rio Grande Valley in recent weeks. Kevin Sullivan, star-telegram, "In this Texas border town, immigration isn’t a problem — it’s a way of life," 7 July 2018

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First Known Use of journalist

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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jour·nal·ist | \ˈjər-nə-list \

Kids Definition of journalist

: an editor or reporter of the news

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