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 More than two weeks ago, CNN correspondent David Culver, photojournalist Natalie Thomas and producer Yong Xiong were among the journalists reporting from Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. Dakin Andone, CNN, "This is life under coronavirus quarantine on a cruise ship, military base, in a hotel or at home," 9 Feb. 2020 King’s comments were in response to an avalanche of criticism on social media that came her way after a clip of the journalist asking Leslie, a former WNBA player and friend of Bryant’s, about a 2003 rape allegation against the late NBA star. Washington Post, "Gayle King’s response to Kobe Bryant backlash captures the unique pressures she faces as one of the most visible black women in media," 7 Feb. 2020 The decision to send the journalists came on the heels of a meeting chaired by Chinese leader Xi Jinping held earlier this week, amid mounting public anger at the government’s handling of the crisis. Jane Li, Quartz, "China is dispatching journalists to tell the coronavirus story it wants its people to hear," 6 Feb. 2020 Jacobson is not the first foreign journalist to have been recently jailed over administrative issues in Indonesia. Amy Gunia, Time, "American Environmental Journalist Deported From Indonesia After Prolonged Detention," 31 Jan. 2020 While some applauded the comedian and blamed the government for overreacting, others criticised him for breaching the journalist’s privacy. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "A comedian heckles a “nationalist” news anchor—and riles the Indian government," 28 Jan. 2020 The award-winning journalist moderated a total of 12 presidential debates, more than any other person in U.S. history. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Jim Lehrer, PBS NewsHour Co-Founder and Longtime Anchor, Dies at 85," 23 Jan. 2020 The colectivos went after both lawmakers and the journalists trying to relay the event to the world outside the ravaged nation. Patricia Laya,, "One Checkpoint, Then Another, Then Mayhem: Maduro’s Men Set Trap," 15 Jan. 2020 The Miami Herald journalist then referenced ABC's previous decision to spike an Epstein story, a move that was uncovered last year. Fox News, "Miami Herald reporter says 'disgraceful' ABC News virtually copied paper's Jeffrey Epstein documentary," 10 Jan. 2020

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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 16 Feb. 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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