Definition of checkbook journalism in English:

checkbook journalism


  • The practice of paying large amounts of money for exclusive rights to material for newspaper stories, especially personal ones.

    ‘the shows mix gratuitous titillation and checkbook journalism’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to him, television networks don't want to pay for big interviews, so they employ ‘checkbook journalism through the back door’ by offering potential interview subjects other limelight with affiliated media outlets.’