Despite some dispute, blogging and journalism are interlinked. A blogger and a journalist both distribute factual content which can be globally accessed. A blog can contain journalism and a journalist can write a blog. In my opinion there is no line which cuts them off from one and other. However there are differences.
Blogging is defined by the technology used, it would not be called a blog if an online platform wasn’t used. There are no constraints which can lead to an opinion being shown within the raw information on the blog. Bloggers are in control of their own work, which may be a niche subject, and tend to write to engage with their reads with posts that are spontaneous and not periodical. Creating a blog can be a training ground for journalists as it captures a lot of the same skills.
Journalism on the other hand can be distributed on various media platforms and is defined on the content that is produced. If a journalist isn’t working freelance they will more than likely have a governing body restricting what they can write, this keeps the information objective and it is edited to ensure it is up to the correct standard. It is argued by some that being transparent with your sources can be more valuable than being objective, just like an academic references. Journalists are not in control of their own work, as their editor will be given an agenda and it is the journalists job to conform to the given agenda, also most journalism is published periodically, for an example a weekly edition of a newspaper or a weekly radio show, which puts pressure on the journalist as there is a time frame and deadlines which have to be met.
How can a blog post become a piece of journalism?
A blog post can be a piece of journalism; but it depends on the content. It does not matter if the blogger does not have a journalism degree but whether the blog post contains a high standard of factual writing with the public interest in mind then in my opinion this makes a blog post a piece of journalism.
Distrust within the community
Trust can be a big issue within the blogger V journalism debate. Both have to be factual or else their readers will not be happy and in the end it is lieing which could end in the police getting involved. These facts for both of them come from their sources which helps increase the accuracy of the piece. However journalists may not trust bloggers as some believe that they have a reputation to overstep the boundary, like Guido Fawkes and the Hague scandal. Also for some it may be jealousy within the journalism community as some believe that blogging has become editorial furniture within most news sites and may be over taking the journalists initial role site.
Why do journalists also blog?
opportunities to blog are open to everybody, so inevitably some journalists will also write blogs. This can be for several reasons:
- They would like a chance to express their opinions which they can’t do within their journalistic duties.
- Blogging reaches an audience in which regular journalism doesn’t connect to.
- Within their journalism they may not be able to cover every little detail, so they may then use a blog post to include extra information and link to surrounding stories which they may feel are relevant.
BBC’s Economic editor Robert Peston has a blog page on the BBC Website, and so does Channel 4’s presenter Jon Snow. These are both great examples of a journalist keeping a blog aswell. It can help to get them a reputation away from their journalism career aswell as being able to practice their journalism on a different platform.