Citizen journalism may be all the rage right now but a blogger is very different from an actual journalist. The difference is mostly in the fact that bloggers merely comment on news and events, or rant about personal things. Most of the time they are riffing off of current news issues They aren’t really tromping through the city looking for news and interviewing people like a journalist would. Rather than digging for information, bloggers rely more on secondary commentary. There is a clear difference between a citizen journalist and a blogger.
Opinion and fact are also very important. Bloggers almost always inject their opinion and bias into their posts, and why wouldn’t they? The internet is definetly a place filled with opinions. Journalists on the other hand are taught to keep their head clear and focus on the facts, throw the emotional stuff out of the window. That being said, is it possible for a blogger to be as respected as a professional journalist? Is it OK that they be nominated for awards for excellence in JOURNALISM?
Maybe blogger journalism is about as real as a unicorn. Maybe if blogging was a horse and we slapped a horn on its head we could call it one and no one would be the wiser. It’s definitely possible that credible and journalistic blogs exist but how do we determine if they deserve the same amount of respect as a journalist? A lot of blogs are written anonymously. How do you know it’s not written by little Joey down the street, you know the one who you saw eat an earth worm? On the other hand it could be some journalist savant writing that blog your reading. Who knows?
Frankly, with new technology comes a new and unforeseen questions which isn’t news to us. This raises another question to add to the mix… How will journalism be taught in schools in the future? Will it even be taught at all or will it just be a webinar class about how to set up your own blog?
The whole issue about technology and its uncanny resemblance to a living organism will continue to be at the forefront of debate for a very long time and it’s doubtful that there’s one right answer. Whether or not a blogger can be considered a fully fledged journalist is something to think about, both have their pros and cons but it seems like we need them both.