Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Talking about blogging versus journalism

In an article in "One More Time: Journalism vs. Blogging", the author says the difference between the two is journalism is prostitution and blogging is recreational sex. When you blog, according to the author, you do it when you want it, how you want it, and on what topic you want. You're hoping their is an audience out there to read what you get off on.
Journalists have a lot of things to prove to people. There's the editor and the company management to please. You're actually writing what your editor thinks is important and do it in the format and manner inwhich he wants it. he is the most important part of the equation.
On a blog, you don't care on who's reading or what pleasures you're creating with you words. It's the opposite in journalism. Readership is important. It means people are reading and advertising dollars. You're writing about what the audience wants. You have to do it every day, 24/7.
The ego of the bloggers has to be big, but the journalistcan't afford to suffer from the "big head" syndrome. It's work for the journalist, while it's all fun and games for the blogger. Things are less fun to write about when it's your job and you're involved with it all the time because it's "your job."
We need journalists out in the field during the serious leg work and research to produce the quality articles. Most bloggers have a day job and love to blog at night as a hobby. Geez, the news doesn't take a break in an eight hour day. A blogger can also write a rough draft and put it up at the end of the day. it isn't that way for the journalist. I believe blogging is overhyped because of unrealstic expectations.
Blogging is also sort of a backward form of communication. Journalism works with the inverted pyramid, where the most important facts stay to the top.
But blogging seems to be for the masses. You don't need a degree or a set of press credentials to do the job. Bloggers can speak their minds at any time.
Blogging is good for political participation and for growth in communities. It facilitates of the same-minded thinkers and doers, who go on to develop other projects. It's a good way to also centralize ideas.


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