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Journalism 101 : RECAP of Blogger vs Journalist

The previous post included the video for Journalism 101: Blogger vs. Journalist.

In case the video didn't make the points clear enough here is what was learned:

  • Journalists can also double as bloggers, but a blogger isn't automatically a journalist.
  • Journalists go out and get their own interviews for articles, but when a journalist is blogging interviews are not required
  • Journalists must be objective when covering features or hard news stories. When a journalist is blogging it may be treated like an editorial: no interviews, opinion backed up by lots of secondary research and a strong argument.
  • Bloggers can include opinions within blog posts, journalists can include opinions when blogging as a blogger.
  • Objectivity is required for articles, but blog posts do not require complete objectivity.
  • Bloggers use articles as a basis for their blog posts, and are able to use articles from news sources in order to back up their arguments.
  • Articles are objective and get both parts of an argument.
My next BLOG post will go more in depth to the differences of blogging and being a journalist. I had thought the differences were quite apparent, but some people are going off on me and calling me a bad JOURNALIST for showing opinions in my BLOGS. Just because I'm a JOURNALIST doesn't mean I can't be a BLOGGER.

There's a good article to read specifically about this from Nieman Reports called "When Journalists Blog: How it changes what they do."

I would like to share a special note of encouragement that I received from my friend Kristen. Check out her blog 365 Brand New Days:

"Don't aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally. " -- David Frost

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