Are Bloggers Journalists? Are Journalists Bloggers?

Blogger vs Journalist Flowchart

Are bloggers journalists?

This debate continues to simmer as the traditional news-gathering industry undergoes a painful period of rapid evolution.

The answer to the question “are bloggers journalists?” can be answered by flipping the question on its head:

In an era where journalists increasingly write for digital versions of their newspapers (many of which have cut delivery to a handful of days per week or eliminated it completely)- publishing news DIRECTLY to the web without editorial oversight on every single story: are journalists bloggers?

Yes.  And vice versa.

Journalism is an activity, an ethic, a philosophy.  Historically it’s been bound by certain physical trappings: the masthead of a newspaper with a large circulation, rumpled oxfordcloth shirts, and thin spiral-bound notebooks.  No longer.

Even the structural and social components that used to define journalism have changed:

If you’re a blogger that subscribes to a code of ethics and strives for honesty and integrity – you’re a journalist.

If you’re a journalist that publishes your content electronically to a content management system – you’re a blogger.

One thought on “Are Bloggers Journalists? Are Journalists Bloggers?

  1. Telma says:

    I am studying builpc relations at a university and feel it is preparing me well for the field. The majority of my courses are in journalism, broadcasting and communication. For electives, I can take a variety of classes including business, advertising and ethics.But I do agree about the personality. For some people, PR is a fit. If you are not a good writer and communicator, the PR degree isn’t going to help you as much. At my school, the PR program prepares us well for internships as well. Internships are required for graduation, therefore we leave with a good idea of what the career is like. I would also note that many universities don’t have an actual PR program. Usually, they have a journalism program with a PR concentration. A PR-focused program, of course, will better prepare you.Lastly, there are extra-curricular benefits to getting your PR degree. You get the opportunity to network with other students who will be entering the job force at the same time. You also can join PRSSA, or even a student-run PR firm. These are the things that really have helped my career. It’s not just about the degree, but the degree does help


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