chiefly derogatory The practice of paying large amounts of money for exclusive rights to material for newspaper stories, especially personal ones.
- What we have here, more likely, is not biased journalism, fraudulent journalism nor checkbook journalism - it's just bad journalism.
- He defends this checkbook journalism by saying that everyone does it, only the others furiously hide their tracks.
- Giving money for a story, the other form of checkbook journalism, is generally frowned upon, but it doesn't compromise the journalist either in actuality or in perception in the way accepting money does.
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Syllabification: check·book jour·nal·ism
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