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 At the time of his retirement, he was believed to be the oldest full-time journalist in the U.S. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Scholarship established to honor Chronicle science editor David Perlman," 31 Mar. 2021 But in February, Moonshot received an anonymous complaint, alleging that King, the independent journalist who plays the character, had been involved in violent far-left rhetoric. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, "Effort to stem online extremism accidentally pushed people toward an anarchist," 30 Mar. 2021 As the publication gained traction and her profile as a feminist rose, the journalist’s home emerged as a central hub for activist groups. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Take a Virtual Tour of Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem’s Historic Manhattan Apartment," 29 Mar. 2021 Each member of the team brought different things to the group, said Ms. Haruna-Oelker, the Black journalist. Alex Marshall, New York Times, "Amanda Gorman’s Poetry United Critics. It’s Dividing Translators.," 26 Mar. 2021 And it’s not just Khashoggi: The kill team charged with the dissident journalist’s murder has also been linked to clandestine kill-or-capture operations targeting regime critics around the world. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Biden’s Worrying Reluctance to Confront Saudi Arabia," 25 Mar. 2021 Cookbooks published in 1971 to acclaim included: The New York Times International Cookbook, by Craig Claiborne, The Art of Armenian Cooking, by Rose Baboian, and A West African Cookbook by the celebrated journalist Ellen Wilson Gibson. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "You’d Never Guess These Food Brands Are 50 Years Old," 23 Mar. 2021 Voters who saw the journalist making the allegation believed the politician indeed dodged. David E. Clementson, The Conversation, "4 reasons no president should want to give a press conference," 19 Mar. 2021 Fervent Britney fans have taken to social media following Winfrey's bombshell interview with Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, expressing their anticipation to see the veteran journalist interview the pop star next. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Britney Spears Is Reportedly Considering a Tell-All Interview with Oprah Winfrey," 18 Mar. 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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4 Apr 2021

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“Journalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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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