March 10, 2006
What Is Journalism?
A post on MicroPersuasion this morning reminded me of something I ran across a few months ago I thought was amusing and revealing. It’s the definition of “journalism,” from the 2000 American Heritage Dictionary:
1. The collecting, writing, editing, and presenting of news or news articles in newspapers and magazines and in radio and television broadcasts.
2. Material written for publication in a newspaper or magazine or for broadcast.
3. The style of writing characteristic of material in newspapers and magazines, consisting of direct presentation of facts or occurrences with little attempt at analysis or interpretation.
4. Newspapers and magazines.
5. An academic course training students in journalism.
6. Written material of current interest or wide popular appeal.