Where is writing, journalism and blogging going? For years, bloggers and journalists have been at each other’s throats. Bloggers accuse journalists of being old fashioned and outdated. Journalists lambast bloggers for lacking quality and, quite often, facts. In order to survive, bloggers must produce a myriad of posts per day – usually brief snippets of information, 500 words or less (on average). Breaking news is hit by bloggers first because of the immediacy and accessibility of the Internet. In the event of an earthquake, shooting or some other disaster, the last few years have proven that bloggers get the word out first.

The problem with bloggers, however, is that quality is sometimes lacking. Since anyone can own and operate a blog, content can become disorganized and spelling and grammar aren’t always perfect. Without editors and copy editors, you might be receiving your news from a 14-year-old giving his or her account of an event. Of course, larger and more reputable blogs have editors and capable writers, but they still sometimes suffer under the pressure of generating instantaneous news.

Blogs are fueled by the desire to consume news and information quickly and rapidly. This method of delivering content to the masses is flawed in that there is not enough time to gather data and check facts. Weight is given to speed and which blog can break news first. More hits means more revenue. Since many bloggers don’t carry the burden (or blessing) of journalistic integrity and ethics, they often fail to correct errors and mistakes.

The trouble with journalism is that by the time a story is written and passes through a copy editor, it can be considered “old” news by today’s standards. Of course, these standards are set by the impatient reader. This instant gratification nation wants its news and wants it now! Just look at how many times the media screwed up in delivering news about Natasha Richardson’s untimely death. First, they said she had a fatal head injury. Then word came that she was going to be okay. Finally, she wasn’t going to make it and it was only a matter of time before she passed. All these errors over the course of one day!

My bias is toward journalists and real journalism. I would rather wait an extra day for my news so that it finds its way through the hands of capable writers and seasoned editors. When I consume and digest the news, the quality will be more appreciated and it will likely be more factual than a blog. Some blogs produce great content and information, so they do serve a purpose. Typically, for me, blogs are a cure for boredom – that says a lot about how I read, or skim, through blogs.

Bloggers can convince me all they want that they’re real journalists, too. They deliver news just like journalists. Facts are often checked and many write without bias and a have a sense of neutrality. Sometimes, they correct errors and announce when they have made mistakes. They value their sources and avoid falsifying information in order to gain attention or more readers. Yes, bloggers can be journalists, too – sometimes.

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