Day4 on NaBloPoMo
Are bloggers journalists? Why or why not? If they are journalists, should they be held to journalistic standards? Why or why not?
Bloggers are primarily opinion creators, disseminators so they have their views about events, situations and they express it. But are they journalists? I have always considered bloggers similar to the editorial writers who were not merely reporting an event but delving into the causes and effect of the same. The bloggers today fulfill some lf these duties but there are different types bloggers. Some like sharing their life, others some information, many do give their opinion on subjects that attract them. There is a large difference between someone, even a journalist writing an editorial piece, they must keep in mind not just the journalistic standards but also take responsibility for the thought they put out there and the words they choose to communicate it. Bloggers mostly do not have to take on a professional responsibility for what they express on their blog because it is more often than not a personal space and at the very most they will receive negative comments but since it is their personal space they can easily defend their space. When the journalist puts his opinion out for public consumption he may face chastisement from the public and needs to take it in his stride, he will defend his point of view but he must do so keeping with the professional etiquettes.
Today one does see a spate of blogs being promoted by news media houses but one must see that these blogs are seen as public opinion generators, monitors and measurement devices. Hence the raw fact of journalism is usually not found o such blogs. Writing about news events cannot be termed as news.
Bloggers are not journalists.
But that does not change the importance that bloggers have in today’s world, they can change the public opinion and influence the public to support a cause or go against something. Bloggers are now hired to d exactly this. I am glad that although bloggers may not be journalists they have gained an entry into the group of influencers that drive our pop culture, public opinion, tastes, opinions and choices. The empowerment that has come to bloggers who have till now been seen as amateurs is long overdue. And being one of the group, as a blogger, I feel hopeful soon we will see a different kind of journalism, this time through the blogs that have the ability to reach out to Everyman.