Blogging good or bad for journalism?
January 31st, 2010

Friedgreenbanafish his/her? take on ‘Why blogging is good and bad for journalism’

Good

“Sometimes the citizen journalists can get out there faster — and give better reports — than the professional ones” “Take, for example, the recent 7.0 earthquake in Haiti”

“Not only can the blogosphere be the first to report on breaking news, but it can even help make the news a bit more personal to media consumers than simply watching two anchors sitting behind a desk”

Bad

1. Blogs are opinion; Journalism is fact. Most people can’t tell the difference between the two, therefore the entire field of journalism will be soiled by slanted reporting.

2. Bloggers are going to put all journalists out on the street. Why pay someone to report the news when millions are doing it for free?
“If someone doesn’t even have the brains to run spell-check, they might not have the brains to be analyzing economic trends or providing political commentary, either”

To sum it up: “Bloggers are beginning to prove why journalists still have jobs.”


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