Definitions for: Journalist


[n] someone who keeps a diary or journal
[n] a writer for newspapers and magazines



Webster (1913) Definition: Jour"nal*ist, n. [Cf. F. journaliste.]
1. One who keeps a journal or diary. [Obs.] --Mickle.

2. The conductor of a public journal, or one whose business
it to write for a public journal; an editorial or other
professional writer for a periodical. --Addison.

Synonyms: diarist, diary keeper

See Also: Alexander Woollcott, Alfred Alistair Cooke, Alistair Cooke, author, broadcast journalist, columnist, Cooke, correspondent, Dorothy Dix, Edgar Albert Guest, Edgar Guest, editorialist, Elizabeth Cochrane Seaman, Elizabeth Merriwether Gilmer, Elizabeth Seaman, Gilmer, Greeley, Guest, H. L. Mencken, Henry Louis Mencken, Henry M. Stanley, Horace Greeley, I. F. Stone, Isidor Feinstein Stone, John Reed, John Rowlands, Joseph Lincoln Steffens, Lincoln Steffens, Lippmann, Mencken, Nellie Bly, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newswriter, penman, pressman, Reed, scribbler, scribe, Seaman, Shirer, Sir Henry Morton Stanley, sob sister, sports writer, Stanley, Steffens, Stone, T. H. White, Theodore Harold White, Walter Lippmann, White, William Lawrence Shirer, Woollcott, writer




Famous Quotes Containing Journalist:


To a journalist, good news is often not news at all.

-- Phil Donahue (American Entertainer)

Probably having fallen in love with music and movies at a young age and then first learning about writing by kind of following the path of writers like Dave Marsh and Lester Bangs and being a rock journalist.

-- Cameron Crowe (American Director)

That was par for the course but I also found that commissions were being canceled and in fact I considered this directly libelous - I write biographies for a living as well as being a journalist - for a non fiction book to be called fiction from beginning to end.

-- Anthony Holden (British Journalist)

I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn't really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.

-- Richard Branson (British Businessman)

As a print journalist, you can be frustrated by people who don't call you back, parts of the story you can't get. TV gets you access to everyone because people call you back. It also allows you to satisfy your curiosity. I am a very curious person.

-- Tucker Carlson (American Journalist)

After working as a journalist I went to a writing program at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting because it was neither journalistic nor historical, but it emphasized writing style, and afterwards I was asked to write my first book.

-- Iris Chang (Chinese Historian)

Nothing is more idealistic than a journalist on the defensive.

-- Melvin Maddocks ( -)

My challenge was even greater as a journalist, because this was happening in my own backyard.

-- Paula Zahn (American Journalist)

Any journalist worth his or her salt wouldn't trust me.

-- Joey Skaggs (American Celebrity)

I would never let myself knock out a journalist.

-- Gerard Depardieu (French Actor)

I had rather be called a journalist than an artist.

-- H. G. Wells (English Author)

As a journalist, the details always tell the story.

-- James McBride (American Writer)

I think any journalist who spends time in a place realizes that there are lots of stories around beyond their primary story. You meet so many interesting people and have all kinds of experiences.

-- Joe Sacco (Maltese Journalist)

I've learned in my years as a journalist that when a politician says 'That's ridiculous' you're probably on the right track.

-- Amy Goodman (American Journalist)

Whether you're a newspaper journalist, a lawyer, a doctor. You have to organize your thoughts.

-- Frederick Wiseman (American Director)

Journalist: a person without any ideas but with an ability to express them; a writer whose skill is improved by a deadline: the more time he has, the worse he writes.

-- Karl Kraus (Austrian Writer)

If you're curious, you'll probably be a good journalist because we follow our curiosity like cats.

-- Diane Sawyer (American Journalist)

Things happened there that I don't think are the finest hours for anybody, whether it was a journalist, the legal system or, in that case of the political system, who would say that was an example of when Washington worked best.

-- Rahm Emanuel (American Politician)

There have been trade-offs every day, every month, every year. There's a lot that I missed and I do have regrets in that area. But I have been able to bring to my family the richness of being a journalist.

-- Judy Woodruff (American Journalist)

It's a journalist's job to be a witness to history. We're not there to worry about ourselves. We're there to try and get as near as we can, in an imperfect world, to the truth and get the truth out.

-- Robert Fisk (British Journalist)

The responsibility that I feel is to do as good a job as a journalist as I can possibly do.

-- Ted Koppel (American Journalist)

If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.

-- Norman Mailer (American Novelist)

And I wasn't a journalist any more than I was a trained nurse.

-- May Sinclair (British Writer)

No ideas and the ability to express them - that's a journalist.

-- Karl Kraus (Austrian Writer)

A long life in journalism convinced me many presidents ago that there should be a large air space between a journalist and the head of a state.

-- Walter Lippmann (American Journalist)

The typical journalist's typical lead for the typical Canadian story nowadays is along this line: that Canadians are hard at work trying to gain a reputation as a nation of rapid social change.

-- Stockwell Day (Canadian Politician)

I'm not rational enough to be a good journalist.

-- Jim Harrison (American Writer)

Journalism is the protection between people and any sort of totalitarian rule. That's why my hero, admittedly a flawed one, is a journalist.

-- Andrew Vachss (American Author)

As a journalist, it is so easy to get hardened when you see so many stories that are disturbing. Sometimes it's just your survival mechanism that makes you hardened to some of it.

-- Linda Vester (American Entertainer)

Art is a private thing, the artist makes it for himself; a comprehensible work is the product of a journalist. We need works that are strong, straight, precise, and forever beyond understanding.

-- Kenneth Tynan (English Critic)

When it came to political power, blacks need not apply. Add to this steaming stew the growing tensions over the Vietnam War and the movement for civil rights, and you had plenty of elements to fire the imagination of a novice journalist.

-- Andrea Mitchell (American Journalist)

Every journalist owes tribute to the evil one.

-- Jean de La Fontaine (French Poet)

I very much wanted to be accepted by my peers, to be considered a serious journalist.

-- Jessica Savitch (American Journalist)

I still have not given up the idea of becoming a journalist, but at 17 I decided to follow my heart and stay in Los Angeles with my girlfriend as opposed to going to Johns Hopkins.

-- Mackenzie Astin (American Actor)

But unfortunately, I have to say, one out of every 100 interviews I do, I get a real journalist.

-- Glenn Danzig (American Musician)


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