re·​port·​age | \ri-ˈpȯr-tij, especially for sense 2 ˌre-pər-ˈtäzh, ˌre-ˌpȯr-ˈtäzh \

Definition of reportage 

1a : the act or process of reporting news

b : something (such as news) that is reported

2 : writing intended to give an account of observed or documented events

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The lengths to which the family has gone to raise the funds — including the GoFundMe appeal, a related Facebook page and the public reportage of Andrew’s lemonade stand and the family’s medical needs — should shame America. Michael Hiltzik,, "That heartwarming story about a kid crowdfunding for his infant brother defines what's wrong with U.S. healthcare," 4 June 2018 In such work, reportage, advocacy and emotion are never far apart. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 But closing reportage of everyday New Yorkers brashly extolling Gotti’s virtues upon his death, painting him, without any irony, as some kind of local hero, pretty much tells you where this picture’s coming from. Gary Goldstein,, "Overly reverent bio-pic 'Gotti' strands a solid John Travolta performance in less-than-epic drama," 15 June 2018 And what is the connection between art criticism and reportage and fiction and poetry? Frederick N. Rasmussen,, "Elisabeth S. Schleussner, former Baltimore Sun art and architecture critic," 27 June 2018 Win McNamee/Getty Images Last Sunday, the New Yorker, which is practically synonymous with careful, sober-minded reportage in the United States, tweeted out this: Experts estimate a 35% chance of a U.S. civil war over the next ten to fifteen years. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Stop making second American Civil War clickbait," 1 June 2018 With their wide-ranging reportage, Walker and Szabłowski depict a postsocialist reality that is almost mind-bogglingly complex, rife with contradictions, absurdities, and arguments without end. Sophie Pinkham, The New Republic, "Why have post-Soviet countries embraced populism and nostalgia?," 3 May 2018 The first and by far the best of his novels, Bonfire of the Vanities, is rightly prized for its wise and often hilarious reportage — an excoriating portrait of late-1980s New York City on the brink. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Jerusalem Horror Show," 16 May 2018 In this meld of history and reportage, the deserters’ stories, and those of dozens of revolutionaries, hosts, and spies, coalesce into an often moving examination of loyalty and dissent. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of reportage

circa 1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for reportage

French, from reporter to report

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