Outline Identifying trends in weblogs The relationship between journalism and blogs Are bloggers journalists? The rise of citizen blogging
Trends in WeblogsSome main trends in weblogs include: Online newspaper content is shovelware They almost have no original content No by-line Rather informal in nature A summary of a previously published news story
The Blog: Destruction of news form? Do weblogs affect the structure of traditional broadcast journalism?
Interactive Journalism “We dont know yet what the Net makes possible because were still asking how the journalism weve known and loved translates to the new medium – or doesnt.” (Rosen, quoted in Outing 2001) Blogging as a comlimentary feature to traditional news forms, as opposed to the enemy This is my opinion of your opinion http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=D5rnuMp4pcU&feature=related
What characterises a weblog?1. Weblogs as a space for journalistic thinking for which institutional journalism provides little room2. Weblogs as a challenge to corporate journalism3. Weblogs as a democratic, interactive space(Matheson 2004: 451)
Are Bloggers Journalists? New vs Old media forms The role of bloggers in expressing interest in themes that find no outlet in traditional media Creators of content or merely regurgitating already published information? Blogs can provide a better platform for communication with audiences http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hj-c2PM-BIA
Discussion – Using Twitter Is blogging real journalism? Tweet your answer using #MDIA5003
The Citizen Blogger: Fact or Fiction Bloggers can re-engage with audiences differently than traditional media Anonymity within the online world Knowledge as a process rather than knowledge as a product (Matheson 2004: 458) http://ijnet.org/blog/citizen-blogger-spots-error- gets-un-make-correction
Conclusion Weblogs act as a place of individual reflection on already published news stories The line between journalists and bloggers is slowly being blurred due to the internet Regardless of title, a writers information should be factual, and you should be able to back up opinion.
References Matheson, Donald (2004) Weblogs and the epistemology of the news: some trends in online journalism, New Media and Society, 6(4): 443:468 Righteous.com Feministing.com Hearst Newspapers (Horsey) Devriesblog.com Joyblogger.typepad.com