jour·​nal·​ist ˈjər-nə-list How to pronounce journalist (audio)
: a person engaged in journalism
especially : a writer or editor for a news medium
: a writer who aims at a mass audience
: a person who keeps a journal

Examples of journalist in a Sentence

a journalist who has won awards for two of his feature stories
Recent Examples on the Web Rate of journalists killed by day 960 Total journalists killed by conflict Rate of journalists killed by day Iraq 229 0.07 Syria 155 0.03 Israel-Gaza 85 0.72 Afghanistan 76 0.01 Ukraine 17 0.02 As for Feb. 6, 2024. Joe Snell, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 The video, running more than two hours, represents the first time that the Russian leader has been interviewed by a Western journalist since the conflict started nearly two years ago. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 Photograph: Matthias Balk/Getty Images Many people—like, say, journalists—are understandably antsy about what generative artificial intelligence might mean for the future of their profession. Will Knight, WIRED, 8 Feb. 2024 The journalists wrote of the family’s tragedy in their initial report from southern Turkey, where more than 53,000 people were killed in the earthquake and a powerful aftershock, the worst disaster to strike the region in hundreds of years. Terence McGinley, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 This article was generated by the Kansas City Star Bot, artificial intelligence software that analyzes structured information from TomTom and applies it to templates created by journalists in the newsroom. Kansas City Star Bot, Kansas City Star, 8 Feb. 2024 Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues. Jesse Bedayn and Michael Casey, Quartz, 7 Feb. 2024 He was also accused of passing legislation against freedom of expression, with numerous journalists and activists critical of his establishment jailed on various charges. Sophia Saifi, CNN, 6 Feb. 2024 The move follows growing concern about how such undemocratic regimes as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates’ governments have employed tools like NSO’s Pegasus to hack into the smartphones of journalists and human-rights activists and even government officials of such US allies as the UK. Rob Pegoraro, PCMAG, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of journalist was in 1693

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“Journalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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jour·​nal·​ist ˈjərn-ᵊl-əst How to pronounce journalist (audio)
: an editor of or writer for a newspaper or magazine or radio and television news

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