From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Journalism \Jour"nal*ism\, n. [Cf. F. journalisme.]
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   1. The keeping of a journal or diary. [Obs.]
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   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.
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            Journalism is now truly an estate of the realm.
                                                  --Ed. Rev.
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   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.
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