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Is today’s blog modelled on yesterday’s newspaper?

Who do you think can be called a journalist?

There are those who think that “real” journalists sit in offices, publish impressive layouts and have been credited with a sense of trust. It is this notion of credibility and trust that has got people debating about whether citizen journalism is a valid form of journalism.

However, if we go back to the creation of newspapers, we’ll find that those now large corporations once grew out of small groups, families and individuals of concerned citizens who wanted their voices heard. For instance, the New York Herald was founded in 1835 as an American newspaper that proclaimed complete political independence, which was different to other newspapers during that time.

Although, blogs are different to traditional ideas of journalism. Bloggers may not have all of the skills, or know-how, or the contacts that professional journalists have, but they do offer something more. Their opinions generally aren’t restricted by their editors or seniors because they have none. And they have the capacity to simply offer what they believe and contribute to public discussion in new and innovative ways (even if this isn’t always the case).

What I’m trying to say is that both blogs and newspapers originated with people, who wanted to publicize their views and be heard in the public domain, and it is only right that those who discredit blogs and citizen journalists begin to see that.

Here’s a great video explaining what exactly ‘citizen journalism‘ is.

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  1. October 16, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    i think you are right about blogs are not restricted by gatekeepers in traditional media. however, i think some so called citizen journalists are not responsible as they are supposed to be.

    • jensblog22
      October 19, 2009 at 9:51 am

      You’re right, some citizen journalists are not all that responsible to their audiences in terms of presenting both sides of the story. Though, I think that by having citizen journalists as an alternative to the mainstream media, we’re able to gain a different, generally unrestricted insight into an issue. Even if that opinion might not be objective, at least it opens up the public discussion of an issue to the public, even if not everyone is as qualified as professional journalist in terms of attempting to remain neutral. But then again, not all professional journalists are neutral… This opens up the whole objectivity discussion….

  2. Bianca Villarosa
    October 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Hey –

    I will admit that when I stared my uni course (from undergrad) I thought the end result would be me sitting in an office typing ‘stuff’ for a ‘newspaper’. Oh how very wrong I am. I discovered this in my first class of the masters of media course – pretty much it went something like this – media is everywhere – newspapers are dying – journos a jobless and learn how to use technology and be objective…so this presented a bright future – not!

    Anyway moving through the course and getting involved with online media, whether it be writing for websites or running two blogs are ways to get involved. Sure I don’t’ have awesome media contacts but we all live in the hope that some famous person/editor person will read our stuff so we can get paid to write.

    It may not happen straight away (it clearly hasn’t hence why I am still at uni) but it will one day. Not disregarding online journos and blogs etc is one way to move forward. Some people are paid for opinions and are not restricted to the opinion of their seniors. This is how journalism should be anyway…”objectivity” anyone?

    I doubt anyone is going to challenge their editor on their first day of work in a massive newspaper firm because they don’t agree with the way a story should be written – In today’s times you would just sit down, shut up and type what sells.

    Blogging allows you the opportunity to get your alternative view out there with no one censoring your main argument. With any luck we all start getting paid to write for our blogs one day:)

    • jensblog22
      October 19, 2009 at 9:55 am

      I agree with you, blogging gives individual people the opportunity to be heard, no matter what their opinions might be. Whereas, if you’re looking to be a journalist, you’d need to build up a reputation before you could start putting an alternative view out there.

  1. October 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

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