This reader comment from a News & Observer blog made me chuckle:
It isn’t news. It’s a blog entry.
The reporter who writes the blog — and others like him — would disagree. Their posts are news. Many bloggers would disagree, too. Many of them engage in serious journalism and would argue that their posts are news.
Earlier this year, this op-ed piece by journalism professor Michael Skube caused a ruckus in the online world by arguing that bloggers are not reporters. It prompted reaction such as this from Talking Points Memo. What seems lost in the discussion is just what a blog is: It’s a description of form, not content.
The uneasy relationship between blogging and journalism will be one of the topics at ConvergeSouth, a conference set for Oct. 19-20 at N.C. A&T State University in Greensboro, N.C. I’ll be moderating a panel called “J-School and B-School: Journalism Education and Blogging.”