Blogging: Is it a threat, challenge or opportunity for Journalism?

May 7, 2009 at 5:45 pm (Uncategorized)

“The industry once thought that blogging would somehow replace journalism. It turns out the threat to journalism is something bigger,” writes Chris Lau (blogs.itworldcanada.com).


Is there unique values to blogging? Of course! The unique value, he says, is virtual interaction. The interaction from readers through comments has generated further discussions. Blogging is therefore a modernised version of group message forums, but without moderator intervention or fixed subjects.

Agnes Poirier from The Guardian (theguardian.co.uk), believes that to think that blogging is Journalism seems dangerous and certainly misleading. Journalism is a profession, not a hobby. It usually requires research and some care in its execution. I have always thought blogging was a more spontaneous, informal way of feeding (or blocking) debate. Silly at worst, thought-provoking at best. To blog seems a little like to take a shower: the experience is quick, fun and energising and its good effects last but a few hours.”

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