re·​port·​age ri-ˈpȯr-tij How to pronounce reportage (audio)
 especially for sense 2  ˌre-pər-ˈtäzh,
ˌre-ˌpȯr-ˈtäzh How to pronounce reportage (audio)
: the act or process of reporting news
: something (such as news) that is reported
: writing intended to give an account of observed or documented events

Examples of reportage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This arresting short feature, which mixes elements of film diary, experimentalism, reportage and archival assembly, stretches the documentary form in ways that are personal without being self-indulgent. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 The show will be divided into eight thematic sections, such as fashion, reportage and celebrity. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Nov. 2023 Jamison blends literary criticism, journalistic reportage, cultural history and her own experiences with drinking to demonstrate that the story of recovery can be as electrifying as the train wreck itself. Laura Newberry, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Much of her reportage on Donald Trump seems to mourn the death of nothing less than American democracy. Jonathan Russell Clark, Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2023 Dewey works best letting the excitement of Wolfe’s career rise speak for itself — his daring reportage should shame this era’s media mongrels. Armond White, National Review, 22 Sep. 2023 An American Family is supposed to be straight television reportage, but Andy Warhol claims never to have met, or laid eyes on, anyone named Lance Loud; nor has anyone else in the Warhol set. Stephen Birmingham, Town & Country, 10 Aug. 2023 But his reportage on racing goes back much further than that. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, 24 June 2023 But there are too many haphazard elements to be excused as the realistic expressions of an imperfect character, and the book’s deviations into cultural criticism and shopping reportage often distract from its compelling story about the complexities of desire. Cat Zhang, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


French, from reporter to report

First Known Use

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of reportage was circa 1864

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“Reportage.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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