journalist

noun
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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In my years as a fashion journalist, I’ve been pitched too many stories to count about brands that have some kind of charity tie-in. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Is There Really Such a Thing as “Ethical Consumerism?”," 4 Feb. 2019 It was narrated by Tom Hanks (who played the paper's famous former executive editor Ben Bradlee in the 2017 film The Post) and highlighted several missing and slain journalists, including Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in Turkey last year. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Washington Post Staffers Weren't Afraid to Call Out Jeff Bezos on the Paper's Pricey Super Bowl Ad," 4 Feb. 2019 Thousands of Twitter users—including Senator Kamala Harris and journalist Jemele Hill—took note, saluting her A-plus-plus performance. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "5 Things to Know About Katelyn Ohashi, the UCLA Gymnast Whose Floor Routine Just Went Viral," 15 Jan. 2019 Tao, a journalist and poet, had leaked a memo distributed by the government that restricted reporters from covering the 15th anniversary of Tiananmen Square. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Everything you need to know about Google’s controversial China plans in advance of today’s congressional hearing," 11 Dec. 2018 The trove has a colorful history, having been obtained in a hotel-room raid on a visiting businessman that may or may not have been coordinated by a crusading anti-Facebook journalist, who has stubbornly refused to comment on the matter. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s morale problem is getting worse," 6 Dec. 2018 But unlike entertainment journalists, bettors seem to think Regina has a better shot than Jessica. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See If Your 2018 Emmy Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 17 Sep. 2018 Priests, doctors, journalists, and other civilians also were among them. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Two killed as pro-government militia traps protesters in Nicaraguan church," 14 July 2018 Liu’s close friends Gao Yu, a veteran journalist in Beijing, and Wu Yangwei, better known by his pen name Ye Du, said Liu Xia left on a Finnair flight Tuesday morning. Washington Post, "Nobel widow allowed to leave China after long house arrest," 10 July 2018

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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

noun
jour·​nal·​ist | \ ˈjər-nə-list \

Kids Definition of journalist

: an editor or reporter of the news

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