Blogs and written work of journalists are very different, yet they are correlated in many ways. Although there is a rivalry between the two, they rely on each other. They have completely different functions, and therefore should be approached differently.
What is Blogging? What is Journalism?
Let us define first what is Blogging and Journalism. Blogging is a new form of media. It involved a personal web log, in which a person would journal about their day.It is also a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences,observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites. From “weblog” came the term “blog.”
While Journalism, is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information through media; the management of news medium; it can be distinguished from activities and products by certain identifiable characteristics and practices.
Here’s the difference between Journalism and Blogging.
• Strives the absolute truth
A journalist must tell both sides of the story without carrying an agenda and must represent each side fairly. More objective doesn’t include personal opinion.
• Story is genuine
Credibility is at stake if the story of the journalist is false. A journalist finds the veracity about the fact before publishing or reporting it.
• Journalist tries to find every side of the story
They go out and look for a story. Sources of the story can be anything; they collect their information from a network of people. Journalists report facts and opinion from an expert source.
• Audience is more serious
Audiences take the story seriously and look for an unbiased approach. Tend to speak to the general audience for a short amount of time to create a buzz in a given industry. The audience will often be more broad and larger.
• Uses traditional and new media for consumption
Journalists use print media like Newspaper, magazines of electronic media like TV, Radio, and the Internet.
• Content limitation
Journalists have to deliver to word counts of the publication, or media channel time segment. They tend to produce one article or feature per commission.
• Push content
Once the article has been published, it has limited feedback from the audience to the author. Content’s feedback usually comes from the editor, the writer will likely observe the suggestion and changes.
• Paid by a corporation
The corporation is liable for the accuracy of this journalist’s statements.
• More personal and can be subjective
They can be neutral; otherwise, they give a twist to a story. Bloggers can write by comparisons, explanations and they can present the story from their point of view.
• Story can be true, but sometimes they can be gossip
There is no consequence if the story of the blogger is false. There is no such expectation with it.
• Sources of stories are from mainstream media like newspaper, TV, radio station, etc.
More opinion and analysis that links to the news stories reported by mainstream media. They give a new twist to the story.
• Audience is very casual
Basically, bloggers audience is people from the internet, and they don’t take a story seriously. Typically more closely focused on niche audiences within an industry.
• Uses Internet as a medium
Blogger has no existence in TV, Radio or Newspaper.
• Unlimited content
Bloggers can produce content as much as they want, based on how interested they are. Their content has a long life, always available.
• Responsive content
Authors get immediate feedback from the audience through tracing stats, comments, etc., and so have reacted to what audience wants.
• Does not work for a corporation
Blogger has the freedom to write about new topics. No corporation is liable for the blogger’s statements, the bloggers work under greater legal and financial risk.
For the most, blogging is not a journalism. A journalist can be a blogger, but not every blogger is a journalist.