Definition of reportage in English:



  • 1The reporting of news, for the press and the broadcast media.

    ‘extensive reportage of elections’
    • ‘My point is, it's a fake stat, which is greatly subject to things like genre, the size of the Friday draw and even some slightly bent reportage.’
    • ‘The FBI, relying heavily on hearsay and reportage from the American press and even international presses, provided an extensive profile of Baker as a political threat.’
    • ‘In May this year, we covered the burgeoning ‘grime’ scene with a brilliant piece of reportage that followed its rising stars through clubland and back to their tower block roots.’
    • ‘Still, the hysteria reportage of the New York Times continues.’
    • ‘But, this is the story, once again, about how a perception gets started in the media thanks to shoddy reportage.’
    • ‘It was a fascinating piece of reportage about an area of music that many people are unaware exists.’
    • ‘As a successful journalist Mike is skilled in news reportage and knows the impact of the written word.’
    • ‘A less in-your-face approach and more informative style, with third person commentary, would have complemented the strengths of this fly-on-the-wall reportage.’
    • ‘Reality is no longer the trusted referent of ‘news’ programs, as visual re-creation and graphic manipulation join analysis and conjecture in supplanting documentation and reportage.’
    • ‘News is delivered not so much as reportage as an opinion piece.’
    • ‘Despite the artist's efforts to reveal the artifice of traditional media reportage, he employs analogous documentary and camera techniques that similarly objectify them without ever rising to the level of critique.’
    • ‘In these terms, journalism is even compared to the scientific method, intimately connected with accumulation of facts and analysis, and reportage of evidence.’
    • ‘Talk, in the form of reportage of ‘breaking news,’ including eyewitness reports and rumors, is the frontline mediator of the event itself.’
    • ‘His response was to create - in the Irish Times - the most significant Irish newspaper of the 20th century, with its reportage, critique and record.’
    • ‘Design writing includes journalism, commentary, criticism, both popular and academic - it is practiced as essay, reportage, commentary, blurb, and now blog post.’
    • ‘Her account of the siege, a condemnation of Luftwaffe bombing in Spain, is still a brilliant piece of reportage.’
    • ‘It is impossible not to be reminded of the frenzied media reportage that has become the mainstay of American television news coverage.’
    • ‘It was a short step from such mainstream reportage to the reports of the FBI files, in which, as shown below, the FBI branded Baker as a serious threat and thoroughly racialized and politicized her.’
    • ‘It's interesting, I can see a distinction between how a curator like John Szarkowski might draw on news reportage and introduce his own juxtapositions of imagery.’
    • ‘Either a journalist withers on the vine when they take a job like this or they become a corporate PR person following their bland, risk-averse PR orders i.e. a million miles away from the freedom of news desk reportage.’
    reporting, reportage, description, treatment, handling, presentation
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    1. 1.1Factual presentation in a book or other text, especially when this adopts a journalistic style.
      • ‘It is and remains a journal of theory, research and reportage but this does not make it non-partisan.’
      • ‘I felt that at some point in this career as a reporter, a reporter ought to have written a book of reportage.’
      • ‘John Hodgkiss edited the diverse selection of reportage and portrait photographs illustrating the book.’
      • ‘Anecdote dominates many chapters, with unreflective reportage frequently doing duty for examination.’
      • ‘Although enthusiastically received by its sold-out audience - a good portion of whom were clearly Burning Man alumni - it fails at the most basic level of documentary reportage.’
      • ‘Can images arising from a self apparently at ease internally and at peace with its environs ever produce images that surpass mere visual reportage?’
      • ‘Throughout the album, Dead Prez move from bitter reportage, recounting tales of poverty and desperation, to impassioned calls to action.’
      • ‘Ataman uses film to explore the notion of true confessions and reportage.’
      • ‘Sometimes more reportage than art exhibition, the show failed to provide a rigorous historical analysis.’
      • ‘How much do we depend upon television for war reportage nowadays?’
      • ‘Now as in the past, the claim of reportage has always stood as a disavowal of responsibility for the pictures' contents.’
      • ‘Tillim is best known for his black-and-white reportage but he introduced colour at his 2003 exhibition at the same venue.’
      • ‘What only the war correspondents present at the time knew, he said, was that Scoop was actually a piece of straight reportage, thinly disguised as a novel.’
      • ‘A self-taught artist, Ferdinand achieves an appealing bluntness, with the detail and graphic quality of reportage, using watercolor, colored pencil and ballpoint pen.’
      • ‘Both films function as sharp reportage as well as stories of political threat and intrigue, and their tone's ultimately accusatory: there's a problem, and it's being ignored right now.’
      • ‘Forget the unwieldy title and worthy subject matter, this is a breathless piece of reportage, like a vintage New Yorker feature put to film: expansive, comic, digressive and ever so slightly demented.’
      • ‘Written by a senior officer who was there at the time, it's a combination of personal recollection and reportage.’
      • ‘Though reportage, Hamlet's words are hard upon the action's heels.’
      • ‘She published two volumes of reportage, Vietnam and Hanoi, protesting against American involvement in Vietnam.’
      • ‘Their sense of play and reliance on narrative and metaphor made them vehicles for more than simple reportage and documentation.’


Early 17th century: French, from Old French reporter carry back (see report).