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

Examples of journalist in a Sentence

a journalist who has won awards for two of his feature stories
Recent Examples on the Web Chou worked as a journalist in Taiwan before coming to the United States, Orellana said. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2022 Svetlana Zalizetskaya is a one-woman media institution in Melitopol, a gadfly and a muckraker who has worked as a journalist in the city for two decades. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Milburn, who retired in 2019 as deputy commander of U.S. special operations forces in the Middle East, traveled to Ukraine in March intending to cover the conflict as a journalist. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, 3 May 2022 Investigative journalist Anthony Summers shared his collection of 650 audiotapes from interviewing 1,000 people about Monroe. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 7 May 2022 An award-winning American journalist was also shot dead in the suburb about a week later. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Milo Bryant is a performance coach as well as an experienced journalist. Men's Health, 3 May 2022 The foundation is named after an American journalist kidnapped in Syria and executed by the Islamic State in 2014. New York Times, 3 May 2022 The parents of Austin Tice, an American journalist and Marine Corps veteran abducted in Syria, have already been waiting almost a decade for their son to return home. Byshannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 2 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of journalist

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Journalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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