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Journalism that exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers.
[From the use of yellow ink in printing "Yellow Kid," a cartoon strip in the New York World, a newspaper noted for sensationalism.]
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(Journalism & Publishing) the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers
[C19: perhaps shortened from the phrase Yellow Kid journalism, referring to the Yellow Kid, a cartoon (1895) in the New York World, a newspaper having a reputation for sensationalism]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
the practice of seeking out sensational news for the purpose of boosting a newspaper’s circulation, or, if such stories are hard to find, of trying to make comparatively innocuous news appear sensational. Also called sensationalism. — yellow journalist, n.See also: Language Style
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