Posted by: kenziekat | January 14, 2010

Blogging, Good for Journalism?

Blogging to journalism today is no more harmful than television news broadcasts were to journalism in the 1920s. It is inevitable that people, and journalists, fear drastic change; however, it is also inevitable that change will occur. Those accustomed to hearing news via radiocasts and seeing news via newspapers were probably not jumping for joy at the thought of receiving news through television—in fact I imagine they were quite skeptical. Perhaps, even as skeptical as modern day news consumers are of the new phenomenon we affectionately call ‘blogging’.

History repeats itself, and just as television replaced newspapers (for the most part) blogging may very well replace television news. And, I predict, just as we are now accustomed to consuming news through a television, we will become just as accustomed to finding news through various news blogs on the internet.

I do not find this change harmful; in fact, I find it quite wonderful.

You see, the internet is vast, broad, and ever-changing. News via the internet is also vast, broad and ever-changing. Citizen journalism (aka blogging) is instant; news can easily be recorded, written, posted and read in a matter of minutes. Consumers of news need not wait till the six o’clock news to find the latest breaking story.
Instant news is not harmful. After all, isn’t the whole purpose of journalism to effectively inform the public of issues? What better way to inform the public than blogging. Blogging serves journalism’s goal effectively.

JD Lasica provided examples of how beneficial instant news (blogging) can be to the public.

Lasica also points out that blogging enables the public to produce their own news, yet another benefit. Perhaps CNN does not think a certain event is newsworthy and chooses not to cover it, but a regular non-journalism degree individual decided to record and upload it with a simple explanation for their personal blog. Others may find their blog through google, and receive news they could not otherwise receive. Again, the purpose of journalism is fulfilled.

Gina Chen, a blogger herself, reinstates my points with a blog titled, “Is blogging Journalism”

Here, Gina points out that the fear of change is the threat, not blogging. She also says blogging is not journalism, she says,

“Blogging is no more journalism than e-mail, Twitter or even newspapers or TV stations are journalism. They are tools — ways to disseminate information, ways to help people connect with their world.”

Journalism cannot be defined by the medium used to distribute news; it is defined by the news itself. Blogging is simply another way to distribute news, and for that reason, among others, blogging is GOOD for journalism. The more mediums used to disseminate knowledge the public needs and/or wants, the more likelihood the public will be served.

Journalism will survive the blog epidemic just as it’s survived the television pandemic and other drastic changes during the course of its ever-lasting life.



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