Is blogging journalism?

I’ve ranted on an on about this in the past, but over the years I’ve complained that the vast majority of bloggers are simply too unprofessional to claim themselves to be anything but the incompetent tea boy (or girl) of a press room. (There are of course, exceptions that prove the rule!)

Yet, the question keeps coming back at me time and time again.

In a recent interview for an as yet unpublished paper, I was asked the following:

Even though you are working in what many see as a journalistic medium, you do not consider yourself a journalist. Why is this? Why do you think that blogging is not a form of journalism?

Now I put the question to you. Is blogging journalism? If it’s not, why not?

8 thoughts on “Is blogging journalism?”

  1. It isn’t usually, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be. If you are reporting on something objectively that’s happening, that’s journalism even if it’s in the typical blog format.

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  2. A journal is a diary …….. whether that is interesting to other people can only be discovered by publishing it. And, yes, there are people who are so far up themselves they can see their own tonsils – but the vast majority seem to be people who quietly blog for whatever reason is motivating them and if others take an interest – brilliant – professionalism be damned. Mind you, I don’t do much surfing so perhaps the number of people who are ‘up themselves’ is greater than I realise. Of course, I only look at the personnel and entertaining ones – I love to have a little Peyps into others lives ………….

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  3. When the word journalism was created…which was a few days before the internet was created, the only form of journalism available was novels, newspapers and magazines. Before that people use to to express them self by pounding letters in stones and before that wrote with their fingers on the walls of caves. Life keeps evolving and now, people use blogs as the same form of expression and communication. Journalism is just a term that was created in an era when someone wanted to show off their vocabulary and their ability to create a word. Somewhat like the word.. monetization.. that was created recently that drives everything and journalism today.

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  4. I’ve always seen blogs as complimentary to traditional journalism. Typical print/television reporting is all about the 5 W’s, where bloggers tend to report the news with their own personal take on the item. Sometimes you want just the facts, sometimes you want other people’s opinions on them as well. Both are journalism as long as they are reporting the truth IMO.

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  5. well it can be journalisn as well as not also. Its a topic im hearing the first time and worthwhile to have a debate on this. Thanks for sharing this article. Keep the good work.

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  6. I have just started blogging. I am not a journalist. I however flatter myself that I am a writer. Unfortunately for me, no publisher will publish what I write. I do not have the wherewithal to publish on my own. For a minor investment, I can write and get published some things that matter to me and hope that it will catch the eye/s of some passers by.

    My expectations are not very high. The joy is in writing and seeing it published before my eyes. I go into raptures when someone takes pains to comment on my blogs. What more could one want?

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  7. When I think of journalism I think of news, magazines, and reporting to the public in some form. Some blogs do this and would fit that category. While others are more personal and a place to put thoughts and maybe share things with a few friends, and so I do not feel that journalism applies to those. There blogging is not necessarily journalism.

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