Do you think bloggers are journalists?

Posted 20 Sep 2010 by 

Rebecca Fernandez (Red Hat)
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Absolutely. Welcome to the new media.
29% (33 votes)
Yes, if they're reporting or discussing current events.
19% (22 votes)
Sure, if we're counting tabloid writers as journalists.
11% (13 votes)
Not as a general rule.
32% (37 votes)
No.
8% (9 votes)
Total votes: 114

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erics
The linked page is not found...
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mackanic
Open Source Sensei
HI Erics: Thanks for the comment. The link is now fixed
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suehle
Open Sourcerer
If "reporting or discussing current events" is the qualifier, there are hordes of fluff writers in traditional media who aren't "journalists."
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Unidentified
No way what so ever. Most of these morons post what they ate and who with. and later what they crap. Who the hell cares. Do not waste my time
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Brian Fitzpatrick
I blog quite a bit for some of my other pursuits. And I have a degree in Technical Journalism. As such, I tend to make sure that my grammar and spelling are correct and my facts are right, just as I was taught in college. There are professional bloggers who might qualify as journalists. I don't call myself a journalist, though I review products and provide context and details for my opinions. But I would say that a large number of bloggers do it for purely personal reasons. That doesn't make their opinions any less valid, but I doubt that most would consider themselves journalists either. Broad categorization of bloggers as journalists or tabloid writers doesn't do anybody any favors.
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Rebecca Fernandez works at Red Hat in employment branding. Before that, she was a freelance business writer for 5 years, and before that, a copy writer at Red Hat. (They just couldn't be rid of her.) Rebecca is interested in open source software, education, and the intersection of the open source way with business management models.

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