Tagged: Journalism

Blogging Is Not Replacing Journalism But Challenging It

Haas, Tanni. “From “Public Journalism” To The “Public’s Journalism”? Rhetoric And Reality In The Discourse On Weblogs.” Journalism Studies6.3 (2005): 387-396. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 1 Nov. 2013.

Demonstrates that the question of what is better in forms of communication has been debated for years so journalism and blogging is not the start of this debate. New forms of communication challenge the current ones. The author argues that weblogs do not move away from older forms of communication but instead challenges them. The author demonstrates similarities between “mainstream media” as a blogosphere and between the journalistic practices of “mainstream” news organizations and individual blogs. They mention how weblogs allow ordinary citizens to write posts but also points out how large mainstream news organizations have also resorted to blogging. Observers note that compared to mainstream organizations weblogs “facilitate a decentralized, bottom-up approach to news reporting by turning traditionally passive news consumers into active news producers”.

Does Journalism Need Blogs?

Lasica, J. D. “Blogs And Journalism Need Each Other.” Nieman Reports 57.3 (2003): 70-74. Communication & Mass Media Complete. Web. 25 Oct. 2013.


This article talks about how Journalism and Blogging need each other. Blogs are a new form of journalism because it allows no voices and new ideas to be heard. Blogging is not replacing journalism; what is occurring is that a new form media ecosystem—a network system. Networks are usually only interested in things that will bring them more revenue, like advertising. This is bad because they are many people and events that have stories to be told but are ignored because they are not benefiting the network. Weblogs are not competing with professionals but instead they are complementing it. What Weblogs do is expand the media universe. Blogs add something valuable and something new that wouldn’t exists without the Web.

Who knew the law would cause such a big divide?

Keliher, Michael. “Duets Blog: Is a Blogger a Journalist”. http://www.minnpost.com/minnesota-blog-cabin/2010/05/duets-blog-blogger-journalist . May 25, 2010. Minnesota Blog Cabin

In this article the author seems to be in favor of journalist as being the dominant force when it comes to who should be considered a writer. But the author takes a turn when making reference as to why the line has been drawn in the sand and why there is even a distinction between the two sources of writers. He states that consumers of news rely primary on journalist of newspapers and magazines rather than bloggers because they can trust their information being that their work is published in a prominent source. And also argues that bloggers can be bribed and persuaded into writing good things when reviewing such things like hotels, books, albums, etc. Also the author bases his claims on the standards that the FTC holds bloggers to. He states, “The FTC seems to view bloggers as second-class citizens of the journalism community…” This article takes the direction of placing the blame on the law as to why there is even a divide between bloggers and journalist.

Which is Better Blogging or Journalism?

Lowrey, Wilson. “Mapping the journalism–blogging relationship.” Journalism 7.4 (2006): 477-500.

This article talks about the relationship between blogging and Journalism. They mention here that many think that blogging has exposed a lot of the weaknesses found in journalism. The author supports this claim by mentioning that bloggers have really called news programs out for reporting the wrong information. This has caused bloggers to shame journalist to do a better job. The reason a conflict between the two groups exists is because they work in the same area. The author basically compares and contrasts these two topics. He mentions that unlike bloggers, journalists get paid. Because they get paid the do look up the grittier and boring aspects of the news. Bloggers are also dependent on mainstream news media for their reporting. Journalists are also able to cover more areas due to their resources. He also mentions the disadvantages to journalism. The author says that journalist may work in the direction that would benefit the company they are working for; they have constraints and must follow the rules to ensure the success of their company. Another disadvantage to journalism is that journalists are limited based on their advertisers. The author quotes a blogger names Markos Moulitsas saying “I can write about whatever I want….at the end of the day, I don’t need advertisers.” Bloggers careers or stories are not decided by advertisers therefore they can say whatever they like. Journalists are very limited to the information they can revel because of their company and also those they sponsor. This article will help out in supporting the idea that Journalism and blogging are not the same thing. They are very different from each other and provided different forms of information; no one is better than the other because they both have flaws.