Are Bloggers Journalists?

By Deane Barker on February 8, 2005

Journalistic status of bloggers contemplated: A good wrap-up article on how the line between bloggers and “serious” journalists is blurring. This quote makes a good point.

While it doesn’t cost Hinderaker and Marshall much money to maintain their sites, their claimed daily readership — 50,000 for Power Line, nearly 100,000 for Talking Points Memo — is larger than the paid circulation of all but about 75 American newspapers.

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Comments

  1. Now that’s funny! You write:

    “Journalistic status of bloggers contemplated: A good wrap-up article on how the line between bloggers are “serious” journalism is blurring. This quote makes a good point.”

    I can tell you at least one difference between the two… ;)

  2. Short answer — probably not.

    While I would certainly agree that blogs have the power to influence public opinion I would certainly not cite the two examples mentioned in the article as journalism. The Powerline Blog doesn’t even attempt to present a balanced viewpoint. True journalists have a responsibility to be objective. Some bloggers have the objectification to be journalists, unfortunately most are simply throwing their opinion around in an attempt to make people believe it is fact.

  3. “True journalists have a responsibility to be objective.”

    Too bad most “true journalists” don’t take that responsibility very seriously. A look in any given newspaper on any given day will reveal a lot of editorials masquerading as “news”.

  4. My weigh-in: A good 75% of the urban myths celebrated on http://www.snopes.com were originally released on commercial news services, and promulgated on other commercial news services.

    Of all the blog entries I read, around 90% are either diaries, tech/food/handyman type articles, or the blog equivalent of religious and political pamphlets. Of the 10% which remain, and which deal in news, I would say that the “hit or myth” ratio is about the same or better.

    So why should I care which source gets it wrong? The point is that they all do, and the most important thing about being a reader is knowing what to believe and what to discount until it’s confirmed…

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