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The Rise of Blogs and Blog types Blogs: Professional Journalism vs. Civic Journalism: The case for both sides The Top Five Lessons Learned
Blogging has created a new age of civic journalism and has even given anyone the opportunity to be a journalist without professional training Blogs have become a significant source for news, projects, fashion trends and almost any subject one can think of As a result of civic journalism through blogging and the variety of blog types, audiences are turning to blogs for news more often, this causes a threat to the journalism career and its professionalism
The Rise of Blogs: In the past three years blogs have surged in popularity There are a variety of blog types Diary blog Filter blog News blog Project Blog How-to Blog Review Blog
Blogger.com Wordpress.com Tumblr.com LiveJournal.com Blog.comThese sites have provided people with free opportunities towrite and share news on the internet without professionaltraining. This causes a dilution of the journalism career’sprofessionalism and possible replacement of professionaljournalists.
Study of the rise in the popularity and significance of blog use during a three year time period from 2009 to 2012 and the dilution of the journalism career as a result. Determine how to lessen the dilution of the journalism career and continue the need for professional standards in journalism regardless of the medium used. Main Sources of information: Literary works and interview/lectures from a professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC Chapel Hill
Professional Journalism: Journalists are trained to be professional in their career in order to accurately report news and prevent risk of spreading false information or being sued Professional training includes historical research, audience research, grammatical and spelling training, review of ethics and media law Blogs threaten the success and professionalism of journalism
Civic Journalism: After the 1830s the local aspect of the press was lost in a move toward commercial control of news and professionalism of members of the press. Local civic press serves as a cornerstone of democracy. Eliminating local press would be a loss for the people. The rise of blogs shows a public dissatisfaction with professional journalism
1. Blogs can be seen as both a reversion or expansion of journalism because they were a new creation that was still connected to the older traditions of journalism. I agree with this because although blogs add new aspects they still report the news. Professional journalists also blog.2. Blogs did not spring up as a result of technology, there was always a call for some form of blogs, especially for civic journalists. Technology just provided the medium. I agree with this because civic journalism existed long before blogs did. Blogs simply made civic journalism more accessible and more connected.
3, Blogs create a webbed network among writers andreaders that print news cannot make. Real-time postsand comments creates competition for print. Today, readers are looking for news updated to the second. Print news cannot do that the way blogs, internet and social media can. The sooner news can be updated, the more appealing that news medium is.
4. Blogs encourage communication and conversationbetween readers and authors in ways that print cannot. With blogs, readers can post their reactions and comments on the blog and receive a response from the author within seconds. Print cannot do that in the same amount of time.
5. Professional journalists need to change the way theywrite and what they choose to write about in order toremain competitive with bloggers. Professional journalists need to be competitive with bloggers by appealing to readers. Readers have interests that professional journalists have not recognized yet.
Blogs in Plain English:Web Address:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXIDescription: This video provides a clear explanation ofblogs, their purpose, how they developed and theirsignificance in professional journalism.By Lee LeFever (Common Craft)
What is a Blog? What is Blogging?Web Address:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MqVbg6q2UQBrief Description: This video also features informationon what blogs are and how they work. This video has amore comedic approach to the explanation of types ofblogs.Source: Money Blog Engine July 7, 2011
10 Myths About Blogs Web Address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWRoakh6wGU Brief Description: This 5:59 long video breaks down and explains some common myths about blogging and the blogosphere. Source: Scott Rosenberg August 7, 2009
Why Some Bloggers Struggle with Affiliate Marketing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0tNQ5cv9po Brief Description: This video describes the difference between blogs and static websites and how marketing affects them. Source: Lisa Mach 27, 2011
Top 100 Blogs Web Address: http://technorati.com/blogs/top100/ Brief Description: This website give a detailed list of top blogs and websites. The website also provides links to the websites. Source: Technorati.com is a website that focuses on technology. It gives technological information to readers.
Blogs in Plain English Web Address: http://www.commoncraft.com/video/blogs Brief Description: This website gives an introduction to blogs, their significance and how they operate. Source: Common Craft is a website that provides simple informational videos on blogs and other technologies
Introduction to Blogging Web Address: http://codex.wordpress.org/Introduction_to_Blogging Brief Description:. This page gives detailed descriptions of blogs. The description is broken down into various topics. Source: Wordpress is one of the major blog websites.
A Short History of Blogging http://www.blogherald.com/2005/03/06/a-short- history-of-blogging/ Brief Description: This webpage gives information about the rise of blogs and their climb to popularity Source: The Blog Herald is a website that gives news and updates about the blogoshpere.