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In the early 19th century, the term journalist once meant simply someone who wrote for journals, such as Charles Dickens in his early career. The term has come to mean a writer for newspapers and magazines as well, and "journalist" is often used interchangeably with reporter. Regardless of medium, it now carries a connotation or expectation of professional reporting, with consideration for truth and ethics. This expectation is not always met, as journalists may publicly or privately take sides, but this is not taken lightly when revealed.

See: journalism

Many journalists write for periodicals, but journalists also write books or publish on the Internet. Broadcast journalists appear on radio or television.

19th Century journalists

20th Century print journalists

20th Century broadcast journalists

Internet journalists

  • Matt Drudge - Actively involved in revelations of the scandals of the Clinton administration.

Modern journalists

There are numerous examples of journalists turned novelists, both in the past and in the present, amongst them

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