December 4, 2005

Blogging, Journalism and Credibility

The article titled "Bloggers vs. Journalists is over" by Jay Rosen was written for a conference on blogging, journalism and credibility.
It explains the fear that has been instilled in many news organizations due to their audiences taking over and reporting news on their own. Many organizations are fearful, due to the fact that the competition is not coming from other newspapers, but from people who read the newspapers. Blogging is becoming more popular and is, no doubt, considered journalistic when it's accurate, etc.

The fear is that this form of relaying the news will take over the more traditional forms - newspapers.

Rosen outlined his main points for the lecture discussion as these: 1.) Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one, and blogging means practically anyone can own one. That is the Number One reason why weblogs matter. It is the broadest and deepest of all factors making this conference urgent. 2.) Instead of starting with "do blogs have credibility?" or "should blogging obey journalism ethics?" we should begin in a broader territory, which is trust. Trust as it is generated in different settings, online and off, in both blogging and in journalism— or in life. 3.) Look around: blogging partakes of a resurgent spirit of amateurism now showing in many fields earlier colonized by professionals. Why would journalism be immune? 4.) If news as lecture could yield to news as conversation, as some have recommended, it might transform the credibility puzzle because it would feed good information to journalists about the trusters and what they do and do not put their trust in. 5.) Among bloggers there is the type "stand alone journalist," and this is why among journalists there now stands the type: blogger.

I agree with the fact that blogging in some forms can be considered journalism and don't think it's a real threat to traditional newspapers and news organizations. I also think that citizen journalism is popular because it brings the reader of the blog closer to the event.
In conclusion, Rosen spoke of the tsunami disaster and his final thoughts about blogging as journalism:

"Because bloggers vs. journalists is over, better and better comparisons can be drawn between the two. Simon Waldman of the Guardian said that the tsunami disaster 'has shown both the greatest strengths of citizens’ journalism, and its greatest weakness.'
The great strength is clearly the vividness of first person accounts. And, in this case, the sheer volume of them. Pretty much every story of everyone who experienced the tsunami is moving in someway or other - and thanks to blogs, text messages, camcorders and the overall wonderfulness of the net, there have never been so many stories recorded by so many people made so widely available to whoever who wants to find them, whenever they want to find them."

The entire article can be found at: http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/webcred/ and then clicking on the linke titled, "bloggers vs. Journalists is over."

Posted by otto0088 at December 4, 2005 12:58 PM