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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Journalism \Jour"nal*ism\, n. [Cf. F. journalisme.] [1913 Webster] 1. The keeping of a journal or diary. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. The periodical collection and publication of current news; the business of managing, editing, or writing for, journals, newspapers, magazines, broadcasting media such as radio or television, or other news media such as distribution over the internet; as, political journalism; broadcast journalism; print journalism. [1913 Webster +PJC] Journalism is now truly an estate of the realm. --Ed. Rev. [1913 Webster] 3. The branch of knowledge that studies phenomena associated with news collection, distribution, and editing; a course of study, especially in institutions of higher learning, that teaches students how to write, edit, or report news. [PJC]