Definition of checkbook journalism in US English:

checkbook journalism

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘The subject was chequebook journalism and whether broadcasters should pay good money for the stories of those who find themselves at the heart of the whirlwind of instant fame.’
    • ‘The NUJ is opposed to chequebook journalism and it is a breach of the NUJ code of conduct.’
    • ‘What we have here, more likely, is not biased journalism, fraudulent journalism nor checkbook journalism - it's just bad journalism.’
    • ‘The NUJ wants the council's code of conduct to include greater protection for editors from commercial pressure by newspaper owners and a ban on chequebook journalism.’
    • ‘Sure, it's about money, but just as importantly it's about control - which makes it a deal that could change the nature of chequebook journalism.’
    • ‘The case raised new questions about chequebook journalism and the tainting of trials by payments to witnesses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was an era before distrust, cynicism, agents, and chequebook journalism permanently soured the relationship between footballers and hacks.’
    • ‘Any chequebook journalism proceeds are probably going to be absorbed by lawyers' fees anyway, and might sometimes save taxpayers the cost of funding the criminal's defence on legal aid.’