Distinction Between Bloggers, Journalists Blurring More Than Ever

Everybody has an opinion, and can write it into the news … Does that make it any less than what your current news fare gives you without telling you what their opinion really is. Most people don’t read closely enough to discern the truth.

Now PBS weighs in …

The time-worn debate of Bloggers vs. Journalists has finally run its course. For years, traditional journalists scoffed at bloggers as pajama-wearing screamers, while bloggers have pointed to MSM(mainstream media) as secretly biased and obsolete. While the extremists in this argument have had the stage shouting at each other loudly (and it continues to this day), what has happened quietly in the background has received less attention: Mainstream media reporters have started blogging in droves, while larger blog operations have hired seasoned reporters and focused on doing traditional journalism.

How indistinguishable are large independent blogs and traditional media sites? Take the following quiz:

1. Who won a recent Polk Award for investigative journalism, a blogger or MSM reporter?
2. Which big New York-based website has four editors and four reporters, and is looking to hire two more reporters — a blog or traditional media outlet?
3. Which site hired a young blogger fresh out of college? Blog or MSM site?
4. Which site in Silicon Valley edits 80% of stories before being published online? Blog or MSMsite?

Answers: 1. Josh Marshall, Talkingpointsmemo blogger; 2. Gawker blog; 3. NYTimes.com, hiringTVNewser’s Brian Stelter; 4. GigaOm blog.



2 Responses to Distinction Between Bloggers, Journalists Blurring More Than Ever

  1. upaces88 says:

    I think the masses are paying closer attention due to what is happening in our country. We can no longer just check in on the internet to see what’s happening for a few minutes in the evening, then go back to watching our favorite TV show.

    Everything now is too important to ignore. I have read comments by people who SHOULD BE in the journalism field via articles OR TV News commentators. That are that smart and that informed!

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