New York University journalism professor Jay Rosen says that blogging is not journalism. Instead it is the result of readers of journalism turning into writers and “the audience into a talking public.” His argument extends into the idea that while blogging may not be journalism, journalists can and do blog. Just as professor Gina Masullo Chen points out, blogging is a tool that is best suited for journalist because it allows for them to connect with and better understand their readers.
The debate at hand remains: is blogging journalism? While opinions on the topic differ significantly, journalist Jacob Friedman discusses all sides of the argument. The first opinion he discusses is that blogging is not journalism. The reason being that blogs are mostly a forum for discussing opinions, and opinions don’t make up concrete journalism. The main problem in blogging, which supports the latter belief is that “speculation can be erroneously reported as fact.”
The second opinion he develops on is that “blogging is a training ground for journalists.” Blogging can thus serve as a stepping stone into the world of real journalism. Many blog aficionados have successfully moved up the ladder of success into larger news outlets. Friedman supports this point with the example of FiveThirtyEight.com having been bought out by the New York Times.
A third opinion that he elaborates on is that journalism is not determined by the source, but rather by the quality of the content. He says that “rather than judging the medium with wide sweeping strokes, this group judges on the basis of content.” Those who hold this opinion believe that determining whether or not something should be considered journalism “boils down to the quality of the information, rather than its source.”
To finish off this post, here are links to three significant blogs that students in journalism should follow:
This is a blog by Poynter that deals with every single aspect of the field of journalism. It is not restricted to one single form of journalism, but rather takes into account all of the mediums.
Nieman Journalism Lab:
This blog, as stated on its about page, “is an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet age.” It is a blog catered to discovering new and innovative ways to use journalism.
This blog is notable for journalism students because its content discusses the use and importance of technology in the ever changing world of journalism.