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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Trump’s employees confirmed the reports to other journalists. Annie Linskey,, "Donald Trump has long obsession with the British royal family," 13 July 2018 The case was closed in 2007 when authorities advised that the two men who had been charged with and acquitted of the crime (but later confessed to a journalist) were dead, the AP reported. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "The Emmett Till Case Is Being Reopened by the Department of Justice," 12 July 2018 In a lengthy conversation at a bar near Dupont Circle, Mr. Rambo claimed to be helping the F.B.I. with investigations into leaks of sensitive material to journalists. New York Times, "Border Agent Who Questioned Reporter Is Investigated for Computer Misuse," 12 July 2018 That image was relayed to journalists and tweeted by reporter Rachel Kim of CBS Los Angeles. Joshua Hafner, USA TODAY, "Woman arrested in beating of 91-year-old man reportedly told to 'go back to Mexico'," 11 July 2018 According to journalist Duncan Castles - speaking on football podcast The Transfer Window - this means that the Blues will need to sign a worthy successor., "Chelsea Linked With Leicester World Cup Hero as Doubts Over Long-Term Future of Star Man Remain," 9 July 2018 Mr Hu, an Australian citizen, was given a ten-year prison term in 2010 after a trial that was closed to foreign journalists. The Economist, "Politics this week," 5 July 2018 Generally speaking, the biggest threats to journalists are thickening waists and getting laid off. Stu Bykofsky,, "Note to U.S. journalists: Whine not | Stu Bykofsky," 5 July 2018 But the research part of it, similar to a journalist, is exciting. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "'Leave No Trace' star Ben Foster: 'You can fake chemistry'," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of journalist

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Kids Definition of journalist

: an editor or reporter of the news

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