View Full Version : The Difference between a blogger and a journalist

14-10-2004, 07:38 AM
Indeed I find screenshot immensly entertaining and somewhat refreshing. I might not agree on everything but admittedly everything in it is one of these things. Sensible, informative, entertaining and a decent read. In minor matters I disagree are mainly opinions, one that I intend to keep to myself as it bears no relevance to the good work being done there.

To clarify on a subject the author raised, accountability in blogging to be set in equal terms as journalists, is rather important as we do not want to be misled through opinions.

The two are infinitely different construct of the media culture. The journalist is employed by a newspaper to distinctly report facts to the public who subscribes to their publications. They may offer opinions in editorials or criticize in reviews, which are there serving different roles. The stories they write do affect public opinions, cause uproar and prompt action from the most powerful of leaders. Which is why they should be ethical, as their reporting may mislead or destablize public order and be used to incite violence. Hence, accountability in what they report so it is the truth and should they not publish the truth, they should retract and make an effort to correct said error, it if proven so.

A blogger on the other hand is the harbinger of the alternative view. In terms of comparison to reality, a blogger is like the chap who stands on a soap box in a Hyde Park with a hailer and starts talking. His voice is heard in public domain, and his popularity is dependant on a great many things some which are how well he communicates, the validity of his issues and the skill of how he attracts and holds and audience. There are more, much much more.

A blogger must earn his following, often pay for his 'place' in the limelight out of his own pockets, has yet to be fully recognized by mainstream media and resides in the fastest growing media channel amongst the youth. It is now embedded in popular culture, with bloggers writing about everything. Some are even hired recently by a large advertising agency, an attempt to imbue their wares into popular public domain.

To hold bloggers accountable would be like holding comic book writers and music bands accountable for the suicide of a teenager. They may insinuate negativity, some blogs even go as far as to record date rapes, but just think, if someone decides to kill himself because a song said so, should we jail the songwriter for manslaughter.

Bloggers should have self restraint and a little responsibilty in what they write, as there are readers that are influenced by them. They are a testament to the evolution of our social intellect. We progress as we are exposed to a variety of media on different format and learn to differentiate their credibilities. We then form opinions from these opinions, statement, pitch or reviews.

Generations of journalists have given their all to build the respect and integrity they now command. Walter Cronkite was the most trusted man in America but Dan Rather, a journalist of the highest calibre, now faces losing that trust, one that could and perhaps already have brought the curtain call to his role.

When we read news, we react. We worry, fear, shed a tear, share a laugh and rejoice depending on the news and what it means to us. If anyone can harness those emotions in us based on what he writes, he better be accountable for what he is writing.

Bloggers on the other hand don't have that luxury. They persuade rather than inform. Them being accountable means that every copywriter who has written an ad for a pack of smokes is guilty of harm to society. The chap who shot that beer commercial that influenced a teenager to drink and then on his way home hit a kid, should be sentenced along with the perpetrator.

Can we do that? They may be wrong but they don't clain to be news, do they?

14-10-2004, 10:12 AM
Well said maczulklifi!, well said.

14-10-2004, 10:25 AM
There was a write-up on blogging in yesterday's Star Section 2....Blogging is very fun but can be addictive. When I first started I needed to blog daily...now once a week...hehee

14-10-2004, 10:57 AM
My Views: The difference,to put in it a nutshell, a journalist runs around tirelessely for news and reports it responsibly and stands by his facts. whereas a blogger sits in his armchair at ease and comments on it either negatively or positively that which would draw traffic and excitment.

14-10-2004, 08:20 PM
I have to admit that Jeya's view is befitting of the current situation, as seen from a general standpoint. I beg to point that there are exception to the case, in both profession. I remember a certain Group Chief Editor using his charge, an influential news media as his personal battle chest.

14-10-2004, 08:48 PM
Oh might I still also add, that despite some malicious and inherrently evil bloggers, even more inacurate facts in some blogs and it's looming takeover as another media touchpoint for marketing, I think that it has still damaged less people than bad reporting, poor source management or simply just putting the truth in a different manner to enhance sensationalism. But hey, ones circulation must be pushed, lest the Nielsen chart shows the media specialists and agency media director that your 'friendly' enemy has more reach. No, no. Don't want that.

14-10-2004, 10:08 PM
All journalists report/distort/inform/misinform/lie/hint etc for a monthly salary and maybe 13th mth bonus++. (with some covering dangerous assignments meeting their Maker along the way).

Bloggers do it for free. and they rockchair to ripe old age.

tupai's ex-journo too :D

15-10-2004, 01:08 AM
I'm not a blogger nor am I any journo.
All who are in the news media are very comfortable where they are. Their job may be well defined, sometimes too well delineated and maybe restrictive?
All of a sudden a new medium comes on with borderless spread. Some bloggers with the right focus, the right dedication and the gift of taking the right pulse become celebrities. By Jove, these people are just hobbyists, doing it for fun and they don't even get paid! Yet they encroach on the old media.
The ol' foggy behind his mahogany desk suddenly feels threatened and perhaps reluctant to adopt this new medium - nay, he probably don't have the direction to capitalise on this new medium. And the Bloggers are already off the starting blocks, heading for the tape with the crowd wildly cheering them on....
If you were a journo, wouldn't you feel helpless? and threatened?

15-10-2004, 07:35 AM
I would not. Why should I feel threatened. Bloggers possess their own set of unique skills suited for public domain. The journalists that is threatened might be a tad insecure.

When the TV was introduced, everybody said the radio is dead. A good five decades after that prediction, radio is still alive.

Perhaps our print media is not merely afraid of being replaced or upstaged. Perhaps they found reporting withou a certain form of bias and fear it might catch on.


Cindy Kee
15-10-2004, 07:56 AM
Mack. I agree with you. Never underestimate the power of those old foggies sitting behind stained plywood desks. Anyway, show me a person without bias, be it a blogger or journalist, a high society lady and a whore (although there are very little differences between them) or a high-ranked politician and a beggar, and I will show you that the sun rises in the west every morning and that Monica Lewinsky is still a virgin. Or for that matter, sharks (whether in sea or on land) are vegetarians.


15-10-2004, 08:03 AM
>>a high society lady and a whore (although there are very little differences between them)<<
LOL!!! You mean 'datin'...

>>Or for that matter, politicians are not whores.<<
Some are...

Cindy Kee
15-10-2004, 08:06 AM
Omuzh. Sorry I edited my last line from 'politicians are not whores' to 'sharks are vegetarians'. I was worried that I would be slapped with a yellow card.


15-10-2004, 09:15 AM
And may I also add that our Lord (not the divine one) will show you his monkey that can cook chicken curry and make tosai.

15-10-2004, 09:34 AM
You have been <a href="http://www.jeffooi.com/archives/2004/10/journalists_blo.php">'Screenshot-ted'</a>.

Talk on, folk! :cool:

15-10-2004, 09:51 AM
Bloggers are needed in a society where journalists are strictly controlled. Bloggers provide fresh views and challenge official lines. They are a democratic institution.

Often, they're alternative journalists as well. Like MGG Pillai (www.mggpillai.com).

The comparison between the blogger and the classic Hyde Park Speakers' Corner is right on the nail.

I think anonymous posting is of equal importance to blogging. There are many people, some of them very high up in political parties, who privately - or inside their minds - have completely different views than the official line. Officially they have to play along, and would be punished otherwise, but they can express their thoughts in forums like this one, and get a feeling for people's reactions.

15-10-2004, 12:20 PM
many a times, they challenge the 'truth' without reserch and blog their pov for the world. whether its a fresh perspective or a distorted one, only the bloggee can diferential... but many many bloggers have perfected d art to go for long blog...so I was born at the wrong time....there was a time when 2pence a word could pay for a week's b&b...old foggy behind d stained plywood desk then, sure had a way with his scissors.

agreed that most bloggers r doing it as a hobby. nuthin' wrong with tat. i sing in me bath and me neighbor's dogs chorus along. ..and tats our hobby.

blog rite on ala hyde park.