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 Even the people staging elaborate scenes could, in theory, be doing something like shooting merchandise for a clothing boutique; the woman shining a ring light on her dinner in a dark restaurant could be a food journalist. New York Times, "When Influencers Make Fools of Themselves," 24 Feb. 2021 Diana Kwon is a freelance journalist who covers health and the life sciences. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "People Answer Scientists’ Queries in Real Time While Dreaming," 18 Feb. 2021 Kelsey Mulvey Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance lifestyle journalist, who covers shopping and deals for Marie Claire, Women's Health, and Men's Health, among others. Kelsey Mulvey, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes's Frame Boots Are On Sale for President's Day," 12 Feb. 2021 Being a journalist desperate for a scoop that will raise her profile, Kimber ends the episode tracking down Cloud at her diner job. Rachel Paige,, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Firefly Lane Season 1," 8 Feb. 2021 Jenny McCoy is a freelance journalist in Boulder, Colorado. Jenny Mccoy, Glamour, "If You’re Waking Up With Anxiety, You’re Not Alone," 27 Jan. 2021 Mike Jones is a journalist turned screenwriter two times over. Nate Jones, Vulture, "So You Want to Be a Working Screenwriter …," 20 Jan. 2021 Bittel is a freelance journalist who often writes about animals. Washington Post, "Ever wondered why the calendar is so weird?," 17 Jan. 2021 Kolls, who has been a journalist for nearly 30 years, has won numerous awards for his reporting, including eight regional Emmys. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "KSTP partially retracts reporter Jay Kolls' story on Capitol riot," 8 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of journalist

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 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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