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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Blogging as an Editorial Form

Who is to say what role blogging will play in journalism?

Megan pointed out that if you watch a 24 hour news network you will find punditry everywhere. The question here is: Are the pundits the journalists?

I think, in the purest sense of the word, no. The mediator would seem to be the journalist. This, to some extent, is supposed to be the information gathering stage.

The 24-hour news networks have slightly corrupted journalism. Conflict draws ratings and having two people yell at each other on national television is "entertaining."

Thus far, it seems that in many ways blogging is an extension of that. In many cases, the news blogs will have an angle. As it is, the blogs must begin to have some accountability.

However, this does not discount the blogs worthiness to journalism. The editoral page has long been the place in the newspaper where where reporting stops and the conversation begins.

This is where blogs usefulness to journalism can really be found. The conversation on blogs is unlike what can be found in other forms of media.

I don't think that blogs will ever replace The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal, but I would say that this does not seem to be blogs intentions.

Therefore, I would say blogging can play an important role in journalism. However, just as with the editorial page, the engaged reader must be able to seperate actual reporting from editorializing.


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