Archive for February 20th, 2009

Blogs and Journalism

Next week, right before the midterm, we take up a basic question loaded with baggage—but one that’s so essential to this course that it almost forms the unconscious subtext to our class-to-class activities:

Is blogging a form of journalism?

(or, perhaps better put: Under what conditions is it journalism?)

To get you started thinking in that direction, please read the following (by the way—hint, hint—these pieces and the ideas they present likely will fit into your midterm next week) and respond by Tuesday:

First, take a look at Jay Rosen’s “classic” piece, “Bloggers vs. Journalists is Over,” which he wrote four years ago (that seems like forever in Web years, no?). It captures the essence of this debate. Then, read his 2008 update — “If Bloggers Had No Ethics Blogging Would Have Failed, But it Didn’t. So Let’s Get a Clue” — which focuses on ethics, trust, and the open-vs.-closed distinctions of blogging vs. journalism. Next, read this piece from the Columbia Journalism Review, which is subtitled, “Forget Who is a journalist; the important question is, What is journalism?”


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