The blurry line between bloggers and journalists

In the age of digital media, it is evident that social media has profoundly disrupted the news media, from one-day print cycle to 24/7 news cycle.

According to a new study from Pew Research, two-thirds of Americans claimed to get their news from social media, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or other online news sites.

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Now with the rise of independent bloggers sharing from breaking news to celebrity gossips, there is only a thin line between bloggers and journalists.

Traditionalists may regard the term journalist is reserved to those who work in a traditional news outlet, and consider bloggers to be unreliable, and often flawed sources of real news.

As mentioned by Tim Knight in his watchdog column,  Watching the Watchdog, he believed that citizen bloggers are not journalists, he added that journalists are trained, experienced and reputable people who wrote news with great accuracy supported by analytics and data, unlike bloggers.

However, the reality is not that simple. There have been numerous bloggers who investigated and conducted research tirelessly that made it to news media, and reputable journalists that reported inaccurate, fabricated news as fact (read Jayson Blair on The New York Times).

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Although there are no such requirements or standards to be bloggers as compared to becoming journalists, there should not be a debate of whether one is better than the other. As both of them generally do the same thing (reporting news), in a slightly different way.

Bloggers tend to offer their own opinions and write in a more casual way, while journalists tend to involve experts opinions and hard facts.

In a way, all journalists can be bloggers simply by creating a blog, but not all bloggers can be journalists. But that does not necessarily mean bloggers couldn’t engage in an act of journalism.

And for people like me, I couldn’t care less if the articles I read were written by journalist/blogger, as long as it’s not fabricated..

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