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[ foh-toh-jur-nl-iz-uh m ]
/ ˌfoʊ toʊˈdʒɜr nlˌɪz əm /


journalism in which photography dominates written copy, as in certain magazines.
news photography, whether or not for primarily pictorial media, publications, or stories.

Nearby words

photoinactivation, photoinduced, photoinduction, photoionization, photoisomerization, photojournalism, photokinesis, photolitho, photolithograph, photolithography, photoluminescence

Origin of photojournalism

First recorded in 1940–45; photo- + journalism
Related formspho·to·jour·nal·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for photojournalism

  • He went because he was true to the calling of photojournalism and because it was his job.

    A Christie’s Benefit for Slain Photojournalist Anton Hammerl’s Family|James Foley|May 13, 2012|DAILY BEAST
  • When I was writing a book on photojournalism, I attempted to work out some guidelines.

British Dictionary definitions for photojournalism


/ (ˌfəʊtəʊˈdʒɜːnəˌlɪzəm) /


journalism in which photographs are the predominant feature
Derived Formsphotojournalist, nounphotojournalistic, adjective
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 photojournalism



1944, from photo- + journalism. Related: Photojournalist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper