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Are Bloggers Journalists?

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Oh, how many times will this whole blogger vs. journalist debate come up? Will there ever be consensus? Does the title even matter?

Are bloggers journalists? Tell us what you think.

Earlier this week, we looked at a U.S. court that ruled an Oregon blogger is not a journalist. Shaylin Clark reported on the story, where Obsidian Finance Group sued blogger Crystal Cox for defamation. Cox runs some blogs that talk about legal and financial issues, including one called Obsidian Finance Sucks. As Clark wrote:

…she has taken issue with the behavior of Obsidian Finance and Kevin Padrick, co-founder of the company. In one post in particular, posted late last year, she accused Padrick of fraud, of dishonesty with Obsidian’s shareholders, and the abuse of his position as the company’s chapter 11 trustee for personal gain.

The post acknowledges that Cox had already received a cease-and-desist from Padrick’s attorney. In response to Cox’s refusal to comply, Obsidian sued for defamation. Cox, who represented herself in court, argued that she was a journalist, and that the information in her post had come from a confidential source, insulating both her and the source from liability. Judge Hernandez wrote in his ruling that internet blogs are not covered by the statute in question, which defines media of communication as “any newspaper, magazine or other periodical, book, pamphlet, news service, wire service, news or feature syndicate, broadcast station or network, or cable television system.” He further argues, citing state statute, that the protections of Oregon’s journalism shield law do not apply in civil defamation suits, meaning that even if he accepted Cox’s argument that being a blogger made her a journalist, she would not be protected by the shield law in this instance.

OK, so the protections of the shield law don’t apply here. Fine. The issue isn’t so much about this case. It’s about that part:

Internet blogs are not covered by the statute in question, which defines media of communication as “any newspaper, magazine or other periodical, book, pamphlet, news service, wire service, news or feature syndicate, broadcast station or network, or cable television system.”

And there it is. Where exactly is the line that turns a blog into a “news service”? When it has no opinion? Show me a news service that doesn’t have any opinion whatsoever. Even if you can show me one, there are plenty that do and are still likely considered news services in this case.

Is it about the format of the site? The ratio of unique news to commentary?

Content on the web is becoming more and more about who it’s coming from. Not the organization that publishes it. That’s why Google is using authorship markup, tied to people’s Google profiles. That’s why Facebook launched the subscribe button.

Do you think former TechCrunch writers Michael Arrington and MG Siegler (granted Siegler still contributes a column, but is not one of the main authors on the site anymore) are not getting their content out there to their audiences anymore without the news service brand of TechCrunch (or is that a blog?)? That’s clearly not the case if you follow tech news at all.

Are people that happen to post their content on blogs not considered journalists even if the majority of their content is breaking and/or unique news?

Of course many traditional news sites like the Wall Street Journal or New York Times also have their own blogs.

No, not all blogging is journalism, but if you ask me, not all so-called “journalism” is either. There just isn’t a clear line.

It’s about reporting what’s happening. It’s about credibility to some extent, but even that is debatable, because breaking news comes from average people all of the time via Twitter and YouTube. They’re not setting out to report news. They just do. Citizens sometimes give stories in their rawest, purest form. Is journalism about spin? If so, bloggers can do that too.

The point is it’s just not so black and white. That’s why news readers let you follow “news services” and blogs. That’s why people use Twitter as a tool for news. That’s why Facebook is making itself a better tool for journalists. That’s why Techmeme includes tweets.

News is news. Sure, people need to establish trust and credibility with the content they’re consuming, to sort through it all, and determine what is fact and fiction, but there are plenty of people to help us do that. Are those the real journalists? If so, consider that many of them are also bloggers.

What makes a journalist to you? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Here is some related reading:

NJ Supreme Court: Journalists’ Shield Law Doesn’t Apply to Message Boards

Google News Changes Launched, Blog Filtering Enabled

PR in a Blogger Versus Journalist World

Huffington Post Draws the Line Between Journalists and Bloggers

How Bloggers Can Find Journalistic Credibility

Can Trust in Journalism Be Boiled Down to Meta Tags?

Note: That image at the top is what ThinkStock, the stock image gallery thinks a blogger is. It was either that or two teenage girls sitting in a park with laptops. Seriously. Those were the only two options for “blogger”. “Journalist” had seven pages of results.

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  • http://theworldofmyimagination.blogspot.com Nicole

    I think this is a sign that the laws haven’t caught up with the times. I know not all blogs and bloggers are “journalists” and I doubt I would call myself one (been running my own blog since June). But some are, and to say otherwise is wrong.

    • Ed

      You must remember, some on the news broadcasters or newspaper writers leave question ‘are they really journalist?’…

    • http://dreamspublicity.com Curt Bizelli

      I completely agree. As a matter of fact, you took the words right out of my mouth, or in other words, the industry of journalism & media has really EVOLVED with the Rise of Blogs & Social Media. The laws must be adapted.

  • http://awaamcars.blospspot.com taha

    nicole yeah u r rite not all blogger are journalist few blogger i must say calls journalist :)

  • http://awaamcars.blogspot.com taha

    nicole yeah u r rite not all blogger are journalist few blogger i must say calls journalist :)

  • http://glieventidelmarchese.blogspot.com/ andrea

    Fashion, events, design, art

  • Candide43130

    This is part of what I was concerned about when Shield Laws were first enacted, the establishment of an “officially sanctioned” definition of journalism that made reporters for the right organizations a protected class of people entitled to rights that the general public does not enjoy. And my major was journalism.

  • http://aalbc.com Troy Johnson

    As stated, many so called journalists are not journalists. The profession is in dire need of an overhaul. There is an old saying; “unless you are getting your news from 9 different sources you are being lied to”.

    Blogger are valuable for they tackle issues ignored by mainstream media. However, it would be naive to assume your typical independently run blog upholds the same standard of a professionally trained journalist — many Blogger’s standards are higher.

    • http://yoy50.wordpress.com Jazz

      I wasn’t going to leave a comment but… “it would be naive to assume your typical independently run blog upholds the same standard of a professionally trained journalist — many Blogger’s standards are higher.” Good one! When we know that only a few own all media outlets alternative sources must be introduced and protected.

      I think this bloggers case can be pieced back together. She should review this documentary by one of the few real journalists out there.

      http://yoy50.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/the-most-important-film-on-todays-media-by-john-pilger/

      I think bloggers have merit especially when you’re competition is tel-lie-vision. http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/news-media-corruption/fox-news-caught-using-fake-video-of-riots-in-russia.html

  • flying lites

    Journalism is a profession. Like lawyers they have a code of ethics and lasws that govern their behavior. You cannot call yourself a journalist unless you actually are one.

    Blogging no more make you a journalist than installed WordPress makes you a programmer or putting a band aid on someone’s knee makes you a nurse.

  • http://www.jsnyc.com Jonathan Slaff

    I am a theatrical press agent specializing in new work. Projects I represent include theater, modern dance, and various kinds of music including world music, klezmer and electronic music. In the course of my work, I receive requests from bloggers for press courtesies. I treat them all the same as journalists. I send them press releases and extend them such press courtesies as complimentary seats and press kits when they arrive to do their coverage.

    I tend to evaluate the blogger movement with one touchstone question: is it good for the artists?

    Self-appointed theater critics are an old tradition, dating back to the pamphleteers we read about in the time of Samuel Johnson and Oliver Goldsmith, and probably before. Bloggers are sort of like cyber-pamphleteers.

    The artists I represent are usually grateful for their feedback. The majority of theater bloggers are thoughtful and insightful.

    Many non-theater bloggers are useful because they expose a show to its target audience, for example “mommy bloggers” who write about children’s puppet theater.

    In general, I have found theater bloggers to be people who make a useful contribution to the arts community here in New York. Arts thrive on a marketplace of opinion. There used to be numerous daily newspapers in New York, all with theater and arts coverage. As the number of media outlets has declined, the presence of bloggers is helping to maintain the multiplicity of voices when it comes to arts criticism.

    I give lots of credit to individuals who started websites devoted to theater criticism in the 1990s, before the blog was invented. These websites maintain generally high editorial standards and are now fairly trusted sources of opinion.

    A few major critics who were “downsized” out of major newspapers and magazines are now writing independently as bloggers. Their reputations give weight to their blogs and most artists are grateful that these writers’ voices are not silenced.

    The only bad thing about internet-based arts journalism is that it doesn’t go away. It lasts forever and is searchable. In the 1700s, pamphlets blew away. Bad newspaper reviews used to have the half-life of yesterday’s news. That was good, in a way. I feel that it’s healthier to the creative life of the arts if bad reviews fade away somehow.

    The Internet is a rather permanent record, as opposed to a person’s memory, in which remembrances recede and are reshuffled with changing perspective. Playwrights seeking opportunities for new plays may be stigmatized by harmful reviews of their old ones. Since we demand new work from artists throughout their careers, they should have the right to struggle and grow. Their failures (or simply, someone’s bad reaction, valid or not) should not always be chiseled into their reputations in this way.

    • http://www.Hwy111.mobi Lance Frank

      Well said.

  • http://www.creative-treehouse Dan Sanders

    It’s an easy answer. Some bloggers are fact writers or at least current event writers, The would be reporters. Others are fiction, fantasy and poetry writers. They would be more a writer than a reporter. And some like my self do both, so I guess we are both depending on the topic or non topic of the day.

  • http://www.Hwy111.mobi Lance Frank

    I started my blog in 1997 before the term came into wide use. I come from a journalism background and have been wrestling with this and other issues ever since.

    The judge was probably right that Oregon shield laws would not protect the blogger from a defamation suit. Every once in a while reporters for big time news organizations go to jail for not disclosing sources…even when defended by very expensive big time lawyers…but that is usually in criminal cases, not civil.

    Journalists derive their status from the first amendment and the public’s right to know. That’s probably why you do not need a license to practice journalism.

    Oregon’s definition of “journalist” would seem to limit the rights of the individual blogger while granting them to large news gathering organizations. That seems unconstitutional.

    It would also seem to run afoul of anti-trust laws. If a fledgling internet publication cannot report news on the same grounds as a larger competitor they simply will not be able to compete. I would have had to push very hard to get a press pass to cover breaking news in my area. To sue would take the kind of money only large news gathering organizations have and again you have unfair competition. Innovation and creativity are crushed.

    Another competitive issue which came up in the early days of blogging is recognition within the media establishment itself. If a blogger breaks a story are they not as entitled to an Emmy, a Peabody or a Pulitzer as an old media reporter or organization? Is it the medium or is it the message? Let’s not forget that not that long ago television and radio reporters were not considered “real” journalists by their print counterparts.

    Oregon’s definition of “journalist” is or will soon be archaic and should be revised. As entrenched media brands continue to migrate to the internet, virtually all news will one day be disseminated over the internet. Where shall we draw the line then? If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.

  • Gary Tucker

    NO! Having an opinion does not make a person a journalist.

  • /// ted

    Let us not forget blogging is an Internet form of “communication” ; as such, it lends itself to the old saying : “Garbage in, garbage out.” There is a lot of “garbage” out there…. One has only to read some of this writ for all to see. a waste of my time, that’s for sure! The spelling is awful; the values are absurd!

  • http://inoutside.biz Imelda O. Suzara

    Most bloggers are from various backgrounds, not journalism, and write about various subjects from a personal opinion, unless they are experts in their field and writing about their industry, then it could be classified as a professional opinion. The internet is so free that anyone can blog but most are personal subjective not professional objective opinion, which is what journalists should try to be fair instead of biased.

  • Stan

    A bloger is not a journalist, unless he or she is educated in Journalism at an accredited college. Just placing your thoughts and politics online does not make you a journalist. I believe that most journalists today are so slanted in their views that they defeat what they are trying to get across to the reader because of these bias’s

    • http://bigpinots.com David Lowe

      Stan, I’m not sure that your argument holds up: “A bloger is not a journalist, unless he or she is educated in Journalism at an accredited college”?

      Is a person who takes amazing photographs not a photographer unless educated in photography at an accredited college? Is an artist not an artist unless educated in art at an accredited college? What about authors? As a profession, they must be most similar to journalists, but many of them don’t have an accompanying certificate to back it up.

      However, your statement does add fuel to the discussion and highlight just how difficult it is to sort the blogger from the journo.

  • http://dwijayasblog.blogspot.com/ Dwijayasblog

    I think people should speak what is in their mind. I think what makes different between bloggers and journalists is bloggers works for them selves. Just remember one thing that both are part of community.

  • http://bellesouthblogs.com Bellesouth

    As an ex-journalist and current blogger, I understand that many bloggers adhere to journalistic practices when reporting. This, however, was not the case; her “reporting” included calling someone a thief, a liar and a thug, and those are all words that could result in any newspaper facing a defamation suit.
    Here are important questions: was she a member of the state’s press association? Did she carry press credentials? And what do Oregon’s media trade organizations require of their members? Did she follow AP style? Did she observe libel and defamation laws?
    The last two questions can be answered with a resounding “no.” Perhaps if she had sought professional advice before publishing, she could have avoided this altogether.
    The press, for the most part, knows where its responsibility lies. She did not.

    • http://bigpinots.com David Lowe

      Now we’re getting somewhere in the discussion. Nice comment Bellesouth.

  • http://christianityetc.org Bob Sherbondy

    I think that a journalist is a person who is paid to write. That means that someone, a publisher, a board, an established media distributor has examined and approved his/her written material. The material may be well written or it may not be. It may be factually accurate or it may be open to questions. Writing a “letter to the editor” of a newspaper does not make a person a “news commentator”. Posting a note on one’s office bulletin board does not make one a company “spokesman”. A well written blog may draw some readers interest, but that doesn’t make the blogger a journalist. He/she may only be an articulate writer with an interesting and reasonable perspective on something. I know the difference between being a journalist and being a blogger, because I made my living as a writer for many years, but now I express myself as a blogger who attracts some “free” readers every day.

  • http://www.processgorilla.com Winko

    I understand the difference, but WHEN does it matter!? Bringing the “news” out there is pretty important to me, so I don’t care who is doing it… Therefor I think we have to make sure that freedom of speech is and stays guaranteed on this media called internet. Regards to all you news bringers out there!!!

  • http://www.dadyer.com David Dyer

    Looks like an assortment of subjective opinions best describes journalists: one who keeps a journal; a writer who aims at a mass audience; a person engaged in journalism. (Merriam-Webster)

    So now we have to define journalism:the collection and editing of news for presentation through the media; writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine; writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest

    So it appears anyone, anywhere, can call themselves a journalist if they write something they want someone else to read.
    So what? Who cares? If you believe anything anybody tells you solely on the basis that they call themselves (or anyone else calls them) a journalist, you deserve whatever consequences follow.

    I prefer this definition from Dictionary.com, which pretty much covers everyone: writing that reflects superficial thought and research, a popular slant, and hurried composition, conceived of as exemplifying topical newspaper or popular magazine writing as distinguished from scholarly writing: He calls himself a historian, but his books are mere journalism.

  • http://- ibrahim SARI

    REPORTER
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    By İbrahim SARI
    journalist – writer
    ibrahimsari45@gmail.com

  • http://- ibrahim SARI

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    By İbrahim SARI
    journalist – writer
    ibrahimsari45@gmail.com

  • http://- ibrahim SARI

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    WRITING INTERVIEW:
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    NEWSPAPER ARTICLE WRITING
    Any information obtained from a subject called news. Newspaper article, that occurred during the day and an important event in the form of a variety of sources reflected in the newspaper after rıldıktan ¬ investigated. News article, event, condition, and information are texts prepared to announce to the public.
    The writing of newspaper article to be considered:
    1. Should be as accurate and impartial news.
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    3. A concern for a large segment of society.
    4. Your interpretation should be avoided.
    By İbrahim SARI
    journalist – writer
    ibrahimsari45@gmail.com

  • http://www.veronicainspires.com Veronica Young

    Awesome analysis!

    Just as you have stated, “There just isn’t a clear line.”

    There is an interdependency bloggers and journalists have between each other.

    You have to also look at the profession: you have writers who blog, cooks who blog, techies who blog and they’re not journalists BUT they are experts in their said fields.

    Like it or not, bloggers DO influence the news, influence what’s happening and give a whole lot of FREE publicity to folks!

    Journalists are ALWAYS looking for that next story and have seen a slew of them stealing ideas AND CONTENT from top bloggers!

    But no, all bloggers are not journalists – the distinction I suppose is adhering to those journalistics standards – citation, ethics, INSURANCE, proper attribution and such to avoid cases like these.

    Veronica Young
    Get Inspired!
    www.veronicainspires.com/about

  • http://www.myalmanac.blog.ca Rudy Hiebert

    I agree with the Oregon court’s ruling. It should also be said that some so called journalists are not journalists, they are lobbyists on wheels. Back to journalists and bloggers, I see all too often, these wonderful folks using blogger’s material for their sources. We should give bloggers more credit than we do for getting the news to us internet gurus because if it weren’t for them, some news would never get out.

  • http://www.myhousedirect.com Gary White

    Anyone can be sued. Judges rule all the time based on bias, interpretations of laws as they see them. This will go on up to the supreme court. I don’t think anyone without a law degree should represent themselves, by the way. Lawyers don’t usually represent themselves. She already had a restraining order. I have created a magazine blog with a registered name. Does that make me a journalist or a blogger? I have posted over 2000 blog posts in the last 3 years on my own sites. The journalistic line isn’t employment according to many, it’s content. AOL and the Huffington Post seem to be using a “New Blend” of Freelance and Journalist. Interesting but not gone. We will see what the state supreme court does and then on to Federal Court. She has a strike because it isn’t free speech if it is slander and her source won’t come forward. Just a bloggers opinion!

  • http://www.nationwideconcealedcarry.com John Longenecker

    Whether a blogger is with an organization is not the defining factor: it is much more a matter of regular involvement, a sense of mission and fulfillment of that mission, and integrity.

    Two superb examples have been of concern to us all. They are David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, two bloggers who broke the Fast and Furious scandal before anyone else did. This is because they were trusted as reliable and ethical by whistleblowers who had to be correct in their selection of whom to alert to the scandal.

    This is what makes a journalist. Or two.

  • Tom

    Under the judges ruling, a blog cannot qualify as journalism because it is not a “periodical”. However,looking up the definition of “periodical” in Merriam Websters, and you will get: “published with a fixed interval between the issues or numbers”. Unless the ruling is not fully cited in the post, the judge’s ruling is wrong (unless he is smarter than Websters of course). The means of publishing and/or dissemination is not cited in the definition: only the frequency of publication. Those that don’t agree with content often use procedures to fight the dissemination of the information. However, they don’t argue the accuracy of the information. The aforementioned statement should be indicative of the quality of the information.

  • phil

    Just because you own a toothbrush doesn’t make you a “dentist”. journalists are usually trained, schooled and qualified. bloggers may include journalists, but usually don’t. the argument could be by-passed by just calling someone who writes a blog, a “blogger”.

  • http://bbsystems.web.officelive.com balamurali b

    A blogger writes what he does or experience in his day-to-day life but a journalist reaches out to things which are not routine to him or his life.

  • Ilaria

    No they aren’t.

  • http://www.millerdewulf.com Bioblogger

    There is a paradigm shift in marketing and communication going on that is described as traditional “outbound” media vs. interactive “inbound” media. A characteristic of inbound media (like blogs, tweets, and other social media) is that the readers get to choose what they read – often by scanning – and their loyalty has to be earned.

    Rather than parse whether these bloggers are journalists are not, I think a relevant question is whether the “Obsidian Finance Group” should help the blog gain exposure by suing them? Furthermore, many marketers find the frank discussion of interactive media as an opportunity to engage malcontents rather than wholly discount their opinion.

    I don’t know the details of this conflict but I think new tactics for dealing with these outbreaks of opinion should be developed short of suing the opinion-meisters after the fact. If Obsidian had invested more upfront on inbound media and engaging their developing list of followers in a more personal way, they may never have to deal with this issue – and they would have a cadre of loyal supporters.

  • Larry

    Legally? No idea. But few journalists are worthy of the name. Too many show too little interest in truth and far too much interest in advancing their own agenda. I imagine same is true of bloggers, though I do believe there to be a higher percentage of truth seekers in the blogging community than can be found in journalism today.

  • http://marciewrites.wordpress.com Marcie

    Ok, I love what Jazz said about “tel-lie-vision.”

    Anyway, I’m a gifted writer who have been published in several magazines and work with community newspapers. After 10 years in the business, I now consider myself a journalist even though I have no formal journalism training. I’ve been told that the quality of my work – writing, ability to report a story, and research – is as good as or better than “professional” journalists. Many of these people are not good writers, but they have excellent editors and organizations to back them up.

    I am also a blogger. In my opinion, this medium is great for putting your personal spin on reported news, which may or may not be true. I attended a journalism meeting, and the reporter admitted that they are more concerned with getting the story than getting accurate information. Is that a high standard of journalism?

    And what about those “professional” journalists that are taking a stab at blogging? They are writing big huge news reports. That’s not what internet writing is about. So, just because a journalist is writing online does that mean he or she is a blogger?

    • http://fotozine.eu Rae Merrill

      Nice to know your gifted.

  • http://retroChalet.blogspot.com Cindy

    Great article . I think that once technology changes the courts need to update their guidelines and classifications. I believe some bloggers are journalists even though not all journalists are bloggers. There are some bloggers who aren’t journalists but plenty who have niche topics are indeed “journalists” in those niche topics. Maybe it should have been called a JLOG and we wouldn’t be in this boat.

  • http://netmediathailand.com Alan Johnston

    Soon as you start delivering sensationalised opinion instead of facts you become a journalist. I for one try to stay focused on facts and leave the trivia to the rest of the press! Have you seen t5he revolution happening here in UK about journalism and hackers? News and blogs should never contain the words ‘maybe’ and ‘could be’ personally I turn off any news that becomes an opinion and I have watched Fox news once for a laugh!!

    • http://fotozine.eu Rae Merrill

      Good point. Although most print journalism is opinion.

  • http://www.jacksononthemoon.com Sharon Jackson

    If you write like a journalist, if you are trying to be a journalist, you are a journalist. There are good journalists and poor ones, but we aren’t talking quality here, we are only talking a name.

  • http://AfterLife Secretary

    I carry a Chicago Police Department Press pass. Have for awhile. I work as a stringer most of the time. I have been out on those cold wet days in Winter covering all sorts of stories. Then it is those hot days in the Summer when tempers flare on the streets and gang members talk Lead to each other. I carry a Video camera. tripod, lights, and sometime other gear. The other person carries a photo camera and a voice recorder. We have also vests. There are a lot of things that my camera sees that will never get on air. It can record a mothers cry when her child is killed by another child. It can see the blood spilled on the ground where bloggers will never see it. If you go into a big war zone in another country not only do your get to see rotting dead, but you get to smell them. If it is a pitch battle you get to taste the blood in the air. I wonder how many bloggers want to risk their hides covering a war zone? I wonder how many bloggers have been to the place that they write about?
    Maybe a blogger should be called a fiction writer first then somewhere down the line a Journalist?

  • http://fotozine.eu Rae Merrill

    Some bloggers such as myself are journalists and others are hobbyists who like to share ideas. The medium itself doesn’t preclude a blogger from being a journalist, after all, the mainstream media, both print and broadcast, have blog sites. Also, the electronic on-line method of publishing is just another type of publishing platform and may, someday, be the only method of publishing.

  • http://www.peppereyes.com Victor Swindell

    We live in confusing times
    we call the people on tv who read teleprompters..reporters.
    are they?
    The question is ..what is REQUIRED to be a Journalist?

    according to the Dictionary
    1. – a person who practices the occupation or profession of journalism.

    2. – a person who keeps a journal, diary, or other record of daily events.

  • http://Www.david-wood.co.nr David Wood

    Some. Me? No!

  • Frank

    Would be nice to see what was written so one could make an informed judgement, as it stands now, just looks like more of the judicial system overreaching again.

  • http://uplog.org Israel Rothman

    Some are, some are not: however, what is clear is that most of us, including me, do not like journalistic style, would rather hear from each other. That is why Youtube is the biggest television network. Blogging is shorter typically, computers have accelerated us – we want the ‘down and dirty’ and we want it now.

  • http://www.CaptainCyberzone.com CaptainCyberzone

    The definition of “journalism” is the work of gathering news for, or producing, a newspaper (ink & paper). I would say that today’s “blog” is an electronic equivalent of a newspaper. So yes, bloggers that gather news and disseminate it (post it) on their blogs are “journalists”.
    (Note: Today most all writers and “news readers” for the Main Stream Media (MSM) are not jornalists but rather opinion givers and propaganda spreaders. Give me the bloggers over the MSM!).

  • http://go.to/brofarops dr. Robert

    A simple NO to this Question about bloggers vs journalist – Yes some blogs appear to be journalistic but… and Yes journalist do blog but… BLOGGING is simply one person’s take and an idea to express. JOURNALING is a company’s { boardroom } focus, followed by angles, an reviews, then lets get the footwork and see what others and the insiders say as in fact finding, then if there is a story its by whos angle? … and so on. In short, journalistically, there is much more to the rest of the story.

  • http://markgrimm.com Mark Grimm

    Great question, Chris.

    Are bloggers journalists? I guess it depends on the blog. Most blogs are about opinions and journalists shouldn’t be in the opinion business. Objectivity is a journalist’s calling card, along with accuracy and fairness.

    However, if a blog is about conveying information and hearing opinions from others, and the author keeps objective, I would say that the blog is journalism.

    This discussion invites the real question: “What is journalism?” Journalism is a profession and though no one needs a license to participate, it does have standards that should be maintained.

  • Regina

    Blogging is journalism told from the perspective of the general public. The content is news worthy if it conveys information not known beforehand or retold through fresh eyes. It can provide complete coverage of the event that perhaps main stream media didn’t think important enough to include in their articles. The bottom line is that everyone has something to add to the conversation and is entitled to their opinion.

  • http://www.sandersonmcleod.com Paul Sanderson

    By definition a blogger is someone that writes on a specific subject/ category. A journalist is someone that researches a story from various perspectives and then publishes. They are not the same.

  • mloxton

    They are if they claim to be.

    Just as they could self-select to work for a newspaper, they can also self select to be freelancers either for a newspaper or to self-publish.

    Either way, if they say they are journalists by virtue of performing that role, then that is exactly what they are.

    The judge is confused between “employment status” and “occupation”.

  • http://www.penguingeorge.com George Jones

    I think it depends on what they’re blogging about. If its something like a stock market crash, ongoing political issue or natural disaster, the yes. If its a one-off post like something about driving traffic to a website, their day at work or a random “tweet”, the no.

  • http://www.facebook.com/notes/security-camera/ipad-2-for-work-review-on-ipad-2/287343007971058 Security Camera

    Could the blogger as a journalist for a promising job

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