Blogs: are they journalism?

January 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm (Thoughts) (, , , , )

I am writing a dissertation on the impact of blogs on traditional journalism and if objectivity has now been replaced by opinion.
 
I would really appreciate your views on the matter and therefore your time.
 
My main focus will be comparing both sides of the argument; are blogs even real journalism, are they lacking in quality or are they the way forward, are they the future of journalism?
 
Please if you could answer some questions you will be helping me pass this degree.

  • What do you feel about the value of blogs, do you think they are the future of journalism?
  • For those ‘traditional’ journalists (who aren’t familiar with new media and simply write an objective story) do you think it is fair for them to have to write an opinion on the story they have just written or do you think it is something that they have to accept?
  • Is writing a blog compromising a journalist’s exclusivity and their write to publish an article without having to comment on it?
  • Do you think without journalistic training blogs can be uneducated opinion that can sometimes be lacking in quality?
  • Would you say that a blog post requires less ‘work’ than writing a news story, which is the easier of the two?
  • Andrew Marr stated that blogs were ‘spewings and rantings of very drunk people late at night’ do you feel there is any truth in what he says?

If you need any clarification of any of the questions then let me know.

Thank you.

Aimee

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