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

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The issues are, of course, part of a much broader adversarial relationship the Trump administration has had with journalists. Oliver Darcy, CNN, "Mike Pompeo is chided for traveling to a diplomatic meeting without the press," 2 Sep. 2019 Using data from investigative journalists, Harvard University law professor Thomas Frampton found evidence of significant racial disparities in the way Louisiana’s non-unanimity rule functions in practice. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Jim Crow Returns to the Supreme Court," 28 Aug. 2019 Second, social media are often used by journalists, as well as political campaigns, to assess public opinion. Joseph Cabosky, The Conversation, "4 reasons why social media election data can misread public opinion," 28 Aug. 2019 Dorsey tweeted at the journalist Kara Swisher in February, during a conversation about abuse on Twitter. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Twitter Trust and Safety Advisers Say They’re Being Ignored," 23 Aug. 2019 But in 1916, thanks to a young journalist, Pauline Jacobson, who became Belle’s partisan biographer, the bodies were exhumed and moved to Mission Dolores. Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco love story: A hooker, her gambling man and a hanging," 23 Aug. 2019 Recently, YouTube was criticized by people inside and outside of the company for not doing more to help Vox journalist Carlos Maza, after conservative pundit Steven Crowder attacked him with homophobic remarks for months. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "LGBTQ YouTubers love the site — that’s why they’re suing it," 20 Aug. 2019 Laterza, according to accounts by the journalist Gabriel Sherman, approached pretty young interns and invited them to meet her boss. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "When Women Are Accused of Complicity," 17 Aug. 2019 Roach, in a briefing with journalists, said the Friday night stop followed a surveillance operation, and turned fatal when Downing reached for his waistband and began raising a handgun toward an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police officer. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "After fatal IMPD shooting, gun's location raises questions Chief Roach can't answer," 7 Aug. 2019

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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 How to pronounce journalist (audio) \

Kids Definition of journalist

: an editor or reporter of the news

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