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Are bloggers journalists? Why or why not? If they are journalists, should they be held to journalistic standards? Why or why not?

Lettering by Sarah Coleman.
http://www.cjr.org/cover_story/what_is_journalism_for.php

Yes and No. It depends on the blogger. Blogs tend to be more about the bloggers opinion and not entirely based on facts. However, bloggers are the best editorial commentators on the planet.

We all have opinions on our favorite or least favorite things. You name it and someone has done a review about it – music, movies, makeup, fashion, social issues.

In my opinion, we should be held to the same standards as journalists. For example, telling the truth is always the best policy. Also, there’s no need to be a jerk when doing an interview,researching a topic or doing a review.

The guidelines set by the Society of Professional Journalists are

  • Seek truth and report it
  • Minimize harm
  • Be accountable and transparent

The whole section of the code of ethics can be found at

http://www.spj.org/ethicscode.asp.

It’s always good to practice these guidelines. However, that is just my humble opinion as a blogger.

“Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.

5 Comments

  1. JunkChuck – Westsylvania, PA, USA – Native, Militant Westsylvanian (the first last best place), laborer, gardener, and literary hobbyist (if by literary you mean "hack"). I've had a bunch of different blogs, probably four, due to a recurring compulsion to start over. This incarnation owes to a desire to dredge up the best entries of the worst little book of hand-scrawled poems I could ever dream of writing, salvageable excerpts from fiction both in progress and long-abandoned. and a smattering of whatever the hell seems to fit at any particular moment. At first blush, I was here just to focus on old, terrible verse, but I reserve the right to include...anything. Maybe everything, certainly my love of pulp novels, growing garlic, the Pittsburgh Steelers and howling at the moon--both figuratively and, on rare occasions, literally.
    JunkChuck says:

    I wouldn’t presume to call myself a journalist–the closest I would dare would be “commentator.” My code of ethics is more like that of a drunk guy in a bar, but I try to look for the bullshit in anything I cite as true–while is more than I can say for a lot of famous media blowhards. Compared to the Fox gang, I’m fetch’ Edward R. Murrow and a lot of the bloggers I know do a tremendous job.

    1. holley4734 – “Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.
      holley4734 says:

      Amen! 🙂 Thanks for the commentary. (See what I did there. lol )

  2. markbialczak – Mark Bialczak is a veteran journalist. He started his blog, markbialczak.com, in February, 2013, to write about music, entertainment, sports and life.
    markbialczak says:

    Yes, Holley. As long as readers know that our blogs are where they expect to find our opinions amid facts. Not lies. Fiction must be labeled as such. Never lies. Good one today.

    1. holley4734 – “Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.” Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life. I like movies, music,books, and corny jokes.
      holley4734 says:

      Good point. Thanks! 🙂

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