Distinction Between Bloggers, Journalists Blurring More Than Ever

Posted on March 3, 2008. Filed under: Social Media, Travel2.0, Web2.0 |

MediaShift Digging Deeper::PBS deals with the topic the panel I’m on at the PhoCusWright Blogger Summit at the ITB in Berlin will address.

The title is journalists vs. bloggers, by itself a misnomer, as the lines have blurred between what used to be until quite recently very different categories as the article makes very clear. Like so much else, the role of journalists has been affected by how the web develops and this will very likely continue to be the case. The conversation continues……

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2 Responses to “Distinction Between Bloggers, Journalists Blurring More Than Ever”

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this is part of the great debate of modern times for the media industry. as a hack (journo, in UK speak) and blogger, it’s a fascinating shift for me…

it scares the hell out of many an ‘old school’ reporter, but – and in my opinion – should be embraced by anyone entering the profession.

Hi Kevin,
Didn’t you call me a journalist the other day!?

My definition of the difference is that a journalist lets the “object” af an article (i.e. a person or a company) respond before publishing…. a blogger publishes but lets anyone comment afterwards.

One of the reasons for this is that, as a blogger inside the industry, you can’t just phone or email someone for a comment prior to publishing as sometimes they are competitors or in the same field…. so bloggers have to publish first.

Another good reason why bloggers should focus on analysis rather than news! (less oppportunity to do a full fact check)
(The context of my comments is within the small global travel industry – not the wider web)

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