Definition of yellow journalism in English:

yellow journalism


  • Journalism that is based upon sensationalism and crude exaggeration.

    ‘equating murder and dismemberment with smoking pot is the worst yellow journalism’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are also some yellow journalism trying to deviate from the truth, prompting accusations against them.’
    • ‘This article was such a pile of yellow journalism that I had sincere doubts that the flight in question actually took place.’
    • ‘Now it seems to be yellow journalism, sensationalism rather than giving the facts like you and Mr. King do every night.’
    • ‘Not that any amount of yellow journalism could help this film.’
    • ‘How can one even begin to respond to such yellow journalism?’
    • ‘The newspapers, in full swing of yellow journalism, want to see violence in the yards between the scabs and the striking workers, but there is no violence.’
    • ‘Good-natured SEPTA spokesperson Sylvana Hoyos promised to get back to us on this issue that frankly amounts to yellow journalism.’
    • ‘What a wonderful example of yellow journalism.’
    • ‘Few times I came across an article about my country written with such a good eye, understanding perfectly what's going on, away from the yellow journalism, and so close to the heart of the matter.’
    • ‘The quartet has weathered a heavier buzz overseas than on U.S. turf, but U.K. fame came with reams of ribald stories, a few tales of debauchery heightened by a lurid splash of yellow journalism.’
    • ‘William Randolph Hearst, the father of yellow journalism, sent New York Journal artist Frederick Remington to report on the tenor of Havana and the surrounding countryside.’
    • ‘What we got in the Martin Bashir interview, even though there was enormous editorializing which was way out of place and really yellow journalism, we still saw a lot of Michael and the things that he does and his care for people.’
    • ‘The media-is-guilty brigade gesticulated with fervour as it voiced its views on what negative impact the media can have when it indulges in what they saw as sensationalism, yellow journalism and biased reporting.’
    • ‘‘Fox News,’ he raves, ‘is the most unapologetically biased major American news operation since the era of yellow journalism.’’
    • ‘‘The two of you should keep an ear to yellow journalism, and an eye to the tabloids,’ he told them. ‘Keep track of every rumour, no matter how outlandish or foolish.’’
    • ‘These laws, enacted in response to the proliferation of yellow journalism in the 1920s, allowed judges to halt the publication of newspapers seen as engaging in malicious, scandalous, or defamatory criticism of public officials.’
    • ‘An aspiring novelist forced into yellow journalism as a way of making ends meet, Connor plans on writing a tell-all exposé, but finds himself falling for Lord, despite her pampered upbringing and icy, judgmental exterior.’


yellow journalism

/ˈyelō ˈjərnlˌizəm/ /ˈjɛloʊ ˈdʒərnlˌɪzəm/


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.