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A book or log in which entries are made to record events on a daily basis. A book where transactions or events are recorded as they occur.

A legislative journal is kept by the clerk and is a daily record of the legislative proceedings. Typical entries include actions taken by various committees and a chronological accounting of bills introduced on the floor.


noun acta diurna, biographical record, chronicle, chronology, contemporary account, daily paper, daily register, daybook, diary, ephemeris, gazette, historical record, ledger, log, logbook, magazine, narrative, periodical, record, register, serial
See also: calendar, dossier, record, register

JOURNAL, mar. law. The book kept on board of a ship or other vessel, which contains an account of the ship's course, with a short history of every occurrence during the voyage. Another name for logbook. (q.v.) Chit. Law of Nat. 199.

JOURNAL, common law. A book used among merchants, in which the contents of the waste-book are separated every month, and entered on the debtor and creditor side, for more convenient posting in the ledger.

JOURNAL, legislation. An account of the proceedings of a legislative body.
     2. The Constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 5, directs that "each house shall keep a journal of its proceedings; and from time to time publish the same, excepting such parts as may, in their judgment, require secrecy." Vide 2 Story, Const., 301.
     3. The constitutions of the several states contain similar provisions.
     4. The journal of either house is evidence of the action of that house upon all matters before it. 7 Cowen, R. 613 Cowp. 17.

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Among newsroom staff, 48 per cent were of the firm opinion that journalism academies are not keeping pace at all with the industry.
in journalism from Moscow for his thesis "the Leftist Journalism in Iraq".
Journalists from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Yemen and Iraq take part in the event during which they will discuss ethics of journalism and legal caveats of Investigative Journalism.
Given those roots, the focus has been primarily on the acquisition of skills professional journalists need to succeed and it has been hard to make the case that knowing the history of journalism will help aspiring reporters write better leads or ask more penetrating questions.
He also pointed out that the journalism and media sector has good potentials.
The introductory material asserts (rather than establishes) the importance of journalism (though, in all fairness, most readers of this book most likely would agree with the assertion):
The Daily News has brought citizen journalism into its newsroom and, today, into your homes with a print edition dedicated solely to what you want to write about.
Marshall Loeb, former editor of Fortune, Money, and the Columbia Journalism Review, and currently a senior columnist with Market-Watch from Dow Jones, says, "I think the material covered in the business section of Time at that time was very well done.
From today (Monday, July 3, 2006) Bloomberg will begin displaying its top European and UK reporting and editorial positions on Journalism.