Churnalism is a pejorative term for a form of journalism in which press releases, stories provided by news agencies, and other forms of pre-packaged material, instead of reported news, are used to create articles in newspapers and other news media. It is a portmanteau of "churn" and "journalism".[1] Its purpose is to reduce cost by reducing original news-gathering and checking sources,[2] to counter revenue lost with the rise of Internet news and decline in advertising; there was a particularly steep fall from late 2015.[3] The origin of the word has been credited to BBC journalist Waseem Zakir.

Churnalism has increased to the point that many stories found in the press are not original.[3] The decline of original journalism has been associated with a corresponding rise in public relations.[4]

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