The whole "what makes a journalist a journalist"/"are bloggers journalists?" discussion is one that won’t go away, and we’ve certainly weighed in on it a number of times. While preparing a recent piece on the subject, I was perusing our go-to stock photo bank for potential images, and it really struck me how silly the differences are portrayed in that.
I don’t know that a stock image bank reflects society’s opinions on bloggers and journalism, but I found the search results amusing, and thought it would be fun to share.
If you search “blog,” “blogging,” or “blogger” you get these results:
That’s it. Really. That’s literally every result that comes up.
For “journalist,” there are seven pages of photos. I’m not going to include them all, but here is a sampling:
So, what are the takeaways here?
Bloggers are basically teenage girls with computers. Journalists don’t use computers. They use typewriters, paper, or appear on TV.
I guess the line between blogger and journalist isn’t so gray after all.