[jur-nl-iz-uh m]


the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business.
a course of study preparing students for careers in reporting, writing, and editing for newspapers and magazines.
writing that reflects superficial thought and research, a popular slant, and hurried composition, conceived of as exemplifying topical newspaper or popular magazine writing as distinguished from scholarly writing: He calls himself a historian, but his books are mere journalism.

Origin of journalism

From the French word journalisme, dating back to 1825–35. See journal, -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for journalism

news, writing

Examples from the Web for journalism

Contemporary Examples of journalism

Historical Examples of journalism

  • You'll learn a lot from journalism if you don't stay at it too long.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • Then he swerved off, just like the other man, to details of journalism in our own country.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • And I pause, true to the ethics of journalism; it's my duty not to leave just yet.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Carlow folk held up their heads when journalism was mentioned.

  • I'm writing a book, and if it's a success, then good-bye to journalism.

British Dictionary definitions for journalism



the profession or practice of reporting about, photographing, or editing news stories for one of the mass media
newspapers and magazines collectively; the press
the material published in a newspaper, magazine, etcthis is badly written journalism
news reports presented factually without analysis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for journalism

1821, regarded as a French word at first, from French journalisme (1781), from journal (see journal).

Journalism will kill you, but it will keep you alive while you're at it. [Horace Greely (1811-1872), U.S. journalist]

Journalese "language typical of newspaper articles or headlines" is from 1882.

Where 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]

[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"]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper