Actually, you bring up a very good point. No, it is not technical - it is simply the proper way to speak/write this two word phrase. It's also one I had skipped over in my haste to answer the question. This 'test question' was a thinking exercise. And for your reply, I'll give you a Lingot!
why is it "journal" only when it could also be "homme"? it cannot be journaux because that's plural and "le" is for masculin singular, it cannot be pomme either because pomme is feminin in french. but i still don't get why it can't be homme? les journaux la pomme le journal le homme?