Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One whose occupation is journalism.
  • n. One who keeps a journal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The keeper of a person journal, who writes in it regularly
  • n. One whose occupation or is journalism, originally only writing in the printed press.
  • n. A reporter, who professionally does living reporting on news and current events.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who keeps a journal or diary; a diarist.
  • n. One whose occupation is to write for any of the public news media, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, television, or internet; also, an editorial or other professional writer for a periodical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The writer of a journal or diary.
  • n. A person who conducts a public journal or regularly writes for one; a newspaper editor, critic, or reporter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a writer for newspapers and magazines
  • n. someone who keeps a diary or journal

Etymologies

From journal +‎ -ist. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mr. Guttenplan insists on treating Izzy Stone as not just a talented ­reporter — only a journalist could write so worshipfully of another ­journalist — but as a heroic figure whose dedication to the truth should shine like a beacon in dark times.

    Weighing a Crusader’s Legacy

  • Thus he reminds us that the journalist is, in the literal and derivative sense, a _journalist_, while the missionary is an eternalist.

    Among Famous Books

  • That's the term journalist Charles Seife came up with to describe deliberately misleading numbers.

    Lies, Damned Lies, And 'Proofiness'

  • But what happens when you take away the label journalist and just call the person a witness?

    Journalism as a control point « BuzzMachine

  • I think, you know, the term journalist does imply some skill, and it does imply from training, no question about it.

    CNN Transcript Jan 22, 2008

  • I think, you know, the term journalist does imply some skill, and it does imply some training, no question about it.

    CNN Transcript Jan 25, 2008

  • Globe and Mail journalist (and I use the term journalist very loosely) Konrad Yakabuski even decided that the time was right to break out the "Danny Chavez" rhetoric once again and to slam the province for ensuring that its resources are not sold off to the highest bidder so Abitibi could continue to profit from the province even after it has closed its doors.

    Canada Free Press

  • Where in times past the term journalist elicited respect and an aura of daring and integrity, today the public views "journalists" with as much contempt as politicians and shyster lawyers, and rightly so.

    The Reality Check

  • I hope my libertarian readers will not be too aghast if I suggest that the ethos of the intellectual or the artist or (perhaps to a lesser extent) the journalist is and ought to be the “guardian” ethos.

    Tuesdays With Deirdre

  • All it takes to become a journalist is the nerve and the opportunity.

    Blame the Media

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  • But see Thomas Jefferson on the relative merits of newspapers and government. (Before he ran the government and tried to censor newspapers, of course.)

    June 3, 2008

  • Less trusted than politicians.

    June 3, 2008