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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a career in journalism/politics/teaching etc
▪ At the age of 15, he knew he wanted a career in politics.
chequebook journalism
gonzo journalism
▪ It also produced some of the best journalism on the underground and the above ground - written in the 1960s.
▪ There is no better example of journalism as part of the show than the press conference.
▪ The underpinning of all good journalism is a devotion to objectivity and impartiality.
▪ This was good for his journalism.
▪ This is not entirely the result of political control, since the privately owned press shows no greater inclination towards investigative journalism.
▪ It's an occupational hazard of investigative journalism.
▪ It is investigative journalism of a very limited scope.
▪ Thus, during 1984, investigative journalism had a field day.
▪ Their investigative chess journalism is also evidently of high calibre.
▪ Perhaps I should take up this investigative journalism.
▪ The essential hypocrisy that has characterized so much modern film journalism was being established.
investigative journalism/report/work
▪ Among them are hundreds of university journalism professors who routinely offer courses in investigative reporting at their schools.
▪ Categories are feature writing, investigative reporting, community service, commentary, photography, international reporting and pioneer.
▪ However, 11 different modes of assessment were noted, including mental, practical, calculator, project and investigative work.
▪ It's very easy to organise some investigative work by children on school meals provision.
▪ Perhaps I should take up this investigative journalism.
▪ Some 600 Boston University journalism students had braved a rainy Friday night in 1976 to hear a panel discussion on investigative reporting.
▪ The team felt it important to extend the evaluation to all investigative work.
▪ With ratings down, however, the show last fall refocused on investigative reporting and celebrity interviews and stopped paying for stories.
▪ A week can be an awfully long time in political journalism.
▪ And journalism, which is more prone to collective examination of conscience than most professions, is already focusing on these problems.
▪ But I'd already decided that journalism was the perfect career for me.
▪ Of course, the traditional point of journalism is to turn you away from yourself and toward the world.
▪ Some 600 Boston University journalism students had braved a rainy Friday night in 1976 to hear a panel discussion on investigative reporting.
▪ The prizes, the most prestigious awards given for journalism, are presented annually by Columbia University.
▪ This was good for his journalism.
▪ We produce more original journalism than any other broadcaster.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Journalism \Jour"nal*ism\, n. [Cf. F. journalisme.]

  1. The keeping of a journal or diary. [Obs.]

  2. The periodical collection and publication of current news; the business of managing, editing, or writing for, journals, newspapers, magazines, broadcasting media such as radio or television, or other news media such as distribution over the internet; as, political journalism; broadcast journalism; print journalism.

    Journalism is now truly an estate of the realm.
    --Ed. Rev.

  3. The branch of knowledge that studies phenomena associated with news collection, distribution, and editing; a course of study, especially in institutions of higher learning, that teaches students how to write, edit, or report news.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1821, regarded as a French word at first, from French journalisme (1781), from journal (see journal).\n\nJournalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you're at it.

[Horace Greely (1811-1872), U.S. journalist]

\nJournalese "language typical of newspaper articles or headlines" is from 1882.\n\nWhere men are insulated they are easily oppressed; when roads become good, and intercourse is easy, their force is increased more than a hundred fold: when, without personal communication, their opinions can be interchanged, and the people thus become one mass, breathing one breath and one spirit, their might increases in a ratio of which it is difficult to find the measure or the limit. Journalism does this office .... ["New Monthly Magazine," London, 1831]\n

\n[Géo] London was in western France covering the trial of a parricide that began in mid-afternoon. Because he had an early deadline, he telephoned a story that he was certain would take place: an angry crowd cursing the accused as he was marched to the courthouse from his holding cell at the police station. London then relaxed over lunch until he saw with dismay the guards and the prisoner coming but "not even the shadow of a gawker." His reputation at stake, he stalked to the door, cried out, "Kill him!" and returned to his table.

[Benjamin F. Martin, "France in 1938"]


n. 1 The activity or profession of being a journalist. 2 The aggregate, write, editing, and presenting of news or news articles for widespread distribution, typically in and broadcast news media, for the purpose of informing the audience. 3 The style of writing characteristic of material in periodical print publications and broadcast news media, consisting of direct presentation of facts or events with an attempt to minimize analysis or interpretation.

  1. n. newspapers and magazines collectively [syn: news media, fourth estate]

  2. the profession of reporting or photographing or editing news stories for one of the media


Journalism is the work and distribution of reports on the interaction of events, facts, ideas, and people that are the " news of the day" and that informs society to at least some degree. The word applies to the occupation (professional or not), the methods of gathering information, and the organizing literary styles. Journalistic media include: print, television, radio, Internet, and, in the past, newsreels.

In some nations, the news media is controlled by government intervention, and is not a fully independent body. In others, the news media is independent from the government but the profit motive is in tension with constitutional protections of freedom of the press. Access to freely available information gathered by independent and competing journalistic enterprises with transparent editorial standards can enable citizens to effectively participate in the political processes.

The role and status of journalism, along with that of the mass media, has undergone profound changes over the last two decades with the advent of digital technology and publication of news on the Internet. This has created a shift in the consumption of print media channels, as people increasingly consume news through e-readers, smartphones, and other electronic devices, challenging news organizations to fully monetize their digital wing, as well as improvise on the context in which they publish news in print. Notably, in the American media landscape, newsrooms have reduced their staff and coverage as traditional media channels, such as television, grapple with declining audiences. For instance, between 2007 and 2012, CNN edited its story packages into nearly half of their original time length.

This compactness in coverage has been linked to broad audience attrition, as a large majority of respondents in recent studies show changing preferences in news consumption. The digital era has also ushered in a new kind of journalism in which ordinary citizens play a greater role in the process of news making, with the rise of citizen journalism being possible through the Internet. Using video camera equipped smartphones, active citizens are now enabled to record footage of news events and upload them onto channels like YouTube, which is often discovered and used by mainstream news media outlets. Meanwhile, easy access to news from a variety of online sources, like blogs and other social media, has resulted in readers being able to pick from a wider choice of official and unofficial sources, instead of only from traditional media organizations.

Usage examples of "journalism".

English journalism, would play, like the Chamberlain government, a dubious role in the disastrous British appeasement of Hitler.

And the bloggers were growing daily less patient with the Times hegemonic grip on American journalism.

Somewhere in the middle of the flight, with our conversation lagging badly, I reverted to a Hollywood-style of journalism that Killy instantly picked up on.

For beside lecturing, journalism and the publication of three considerable and two minor books, Chesterton between 1911 and the War wrote the play that Shaw had been so insistently demanding.

There is not a great deal of hope for assimilationist policies to be found in the professional Mexican-American leadership that thrives in government, journalism and the universities.

He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

The Museum of African-American Journalism in New Haven reported that they had had a full set on microfiche but it had disappeared.

I had her for Journalism I, and when Rosie got mononucleosis, Miss Parchester let me take over the column.

I major in Journalism and play hockey in college, I practiced obstetrics in my spare time!

Freeburg as one of the text-books in the Columbia University School of Journalism, in his classes in photoplay writing.

I had such a miserable experience at the J-School, I decided to recuse myself from political journalism entirely.

As anyone who has ever done any journalism or book reviewing knows, this means the text which appears here may well be slightly, if not very, different from the text Orwell originally wrote.

In addition to introducing the Symbiotic Trapezoid Quote as the wave of the future in journalism, I have some other ideas to get into: mainly about Richard Nixon, and some of these are ugly.

The lurid nature of a father contracting the abduction of his own child fed a wildfire of sensationalist journalism, but even before the worst of it, Lucy Chenier concluded that life with yours truly was not worth the risk, so she took her son and went home.

Strakhov had appeared in print before, he considers this publication to have marked his actual initiation into the world of Petersburg journalism.