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Dictionary Definition

newsman n : a person who investigates and reports or edits news stories [syn: reporter, newsperson]

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  1. A reporter; a person in the profession of providing news.

Extensive Definition

A journalist (also called a newspaperman) is a person who practises journalism, the gathering and dissemination of information about current events, trends, issues and people.
Reporters are one type of journalist. They create reports as a profession for broadcast or publication in mass media such as newspapers, television, radio, magazines, documentary film, and the Internet. Reporters find sources for their work, their reports can be either spoken or written, and they are often expected to report in the most objective and unbiased way to serve the public good. A columnist is a journalist who writes pieces that appear regularly in newspapers or magazines.
Depending on the context, the term journalist also includes various types of editors and visual journalists, such as photographers, graphic artists, and page designers.
Journalists put the information in their own words, making it creative in their own way so it will catch the reader or viewers attention.


Modern journalists

Modern media, including the creation of Internet-based news sources and the possibility that citizen journalism will greatly expand the field, has made it all but impossible to identify which journalists are notable, in the sense that they could be identified in the past. The global justice protests in Seattle (1999) gave rise to the independent media movement, exemplified by the Indymedia network, a collective of independent media organizations and hundreds of journalists offering grassroots, non-corporate coverage.

Ethics in journalism

Most journalists in the United States adhere to the standards and norms expressed in the Society of Professional Journalists ethical code. Foremost in the minds of most practicing journalists is the issue of maintaining credibility, "Professional integrity is the cornerstone of a journalist's credibility."

Educating Journalists

Journalists often either receive training directly in the type of news field that they wish to enter, or through various institutions of higher education. From Columbia University and the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications on the East Coast of America, to University of Southern California and California State University, Northridge on the West Coast, there is a broad range of options for beginning journalists to choose from when entering the field.
newsman in Afrikaans: Joernalis
newsman in Arabic: صحفي
newsman in Bulgarian: Журналист
newsman in Czech: Novinář
newsman in Danish: Journalist
newsman in German: Journalist
newsman in Dhivehi: ނޫސްވެރިން
newsman in Spanish: Periodista
newsman in Esperanto: Ĵurnalisto
newsman in Persian: خبرنگار
newsman in French: Journaliste
newsman in Friulian: Gjornalist
newsman in Korean: 기자 (직업)
newsman in Indonesian: Wartawan
newsman in Italian: Giornalista
newsman in Hebrew: עיתונאי
newsman in Javanese: Wartawan
newsman in Lithuanian: Žurnalistas
newsman in Dutch: Journalist
newsman in Japanese: ジャーナリスト
newsman in Norwegian: Journalist
newsman in Norwegian Nynorsk: Journalist
newsman in Polish: Dziennikarz
newsman in Romanian: Jurnalist
newsman in Russian: Журналист
newsman in Simple English: Journalist
newsman in Slovenian: Novinar
newsman in Serbian: Новинар
newsman in Finnish: Toimittaja
newsman in Swedish: Journalist
newsman in Tajik: Журналист
newsman in Ukrainian: Журналіст
newsman in Walloon: Gaztî
newsman in Yiddish: זשורנאליסט
newsman in Chinese: 記者

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

city editor, columnist, copy chief, copy editor, copyman, copyreader, correspondent, cub reporter, diaskeuast, editor, editorial writer, feature editor, foreign correspondent, gazetteer, interviewer, journalist, leader writer, leg man, managing editor, news editor, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newswriter, own correspondent, paragrapher, paragraphist, pressman, publicist, reader, reporter, reviser, rewrite man, rewriter, slotman, sob sister, special correspondent, sports editor, subeditor, war correspondent
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