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Joe Kim
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:07:46 AM

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Is it

I am press or I am a press?

To mean a reporter.

Or do they all correct in a slightly different manner? If that so, what would that be?
thar
Posted: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 9:34:54 AM

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I am a reporter.

That is a countable noun.
There are several reporters there.


'The press' is the mass noun for the media, the papers.

I am a member of the press.

This is often shortened to
I am "press".
Ie you have a badge with "press" on it. You are from the press, you are press.

That is always uncountable. It is your status.
It is not a countable noun. Not I am a press.



(The word 'press' meaning newspaper reporters comes from the way newspapers are printed.
A press is what pushed the inked type down onto the paper.
So 'a press' is a piece of machinery.
From that, the newspapers began to be called 'the press' and now it means reporters of all kinds. They are the press. An individual one, to say she is a reporter not a member of the general public, might say, "I am press.")
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