Monday, October 11, 2004

Worried over nothing

Will blogging take over traditional journalism. Probably not in this lifetime. There are a lot of kinks to work out, and there's that big matter of trust, too. And there's the thing about making sure who'll be blogging the stories and what kind of education will one have to have for blogging. Will blogging news continue to be done by "part-timers" who do it as a hobby, or will there have to be some sort of ethical code of conduct and procedures to follow. Will the voice of the blogger be informative or just something to stir the cause of the movement. Right, now the best thing for blogging would be to work hand-in-hand with journalists. The two can help each other gather and report news. Then journalist can do the leg work a blogger has no idea about, but the blogger can give the journalist something he'she has not been able to see or even imagine...split second reporting. The journalist can have his/her story linked to other stories in order to strengthen their reporting. It can be a very useful venture for both. Both sides, though, will have to acknowledge the other and not remain enemies but become partners. I can see it working if blogging and journalism work together in a team effort. Individualism will kill the experiement. More can be done as a group or in a collaborating effort. Stories would become more interesting and informative. The voice of the journalist would become more stronger and as-a-matter-of-fact.

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