Definition of yellow journalism in English:

yellow journalism

Syllabification: yel·low jour·nal·ism


  • Journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration: equating murder and dismemberment with smoking pot is the worst yellow journalism
    More example sentences
    • There is a name for this kind of filth: it is called yellow journalism and you make me ashamed to be a journalist.
    • Use yellow journalism to scare the public into demanding that legislators pass a law to fix the nonexistent problem.
    • Otherwise, it will turn out to be another form of yellow journalism.


yellow journalist

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  • In short, he is like a yellow journalist of the big media he was supposedly criticizing.
  • Patty Duke is dynamic in a rabid, ridiculous performance as a blowsy yellow journalist who seeks to destroy the celebrities she slanders.
  • Because Kessler's style is cool and professional, the reader cannot dismiss her as a yellow journalist writing for a popular magazine.


1895: from the appearance in an issue of the New York World of a cartoon in which a child in a yellow dress ( 'The Yellow Kid') was the central figure. The color printing was an experiment designed to attract customers.

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