Definition of chequebook journalism in English:

chequebook journalism

Line breaks: cheque|book jour¦nal|ism

noun

[mass noun]
The practice of paying a large amount of money to acquire the exclusive right to publish a person’s story in a newspaper: the shows mix gratuitous titillation and chequebook journalism
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  • The subject was chequebook journalism and whether broadcasters should pay good money for the stories of those who find themselves at the heart of the whirlwind of instant fame.
  • The NUJ wants the council's code of conduct to include greater protection for editors from commercial pressure by newspaper owners and a ban on chequebook journalism.
  • It was an era before distrust, cynicism, agents, and chequebook journalism permanently soured the relationship between footballers and hacks.

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