Journalism, Not Journalists

One of the biggest controversies on the web has been blogs. Blogs are providing, for the first time in history, a way for all individuals to advocate their opinion and have it reach millions of people in the matter of seconds.

For journalism the introduction of blogs has created a brand new platform in media – citizen journalism.

“[The] biggest shift now for journalists when they go online is that the audience is different”, says McBride. Today the audience wants to have a more active role, and the web provides a means to carry out that role.

Now the big question is, is citizen journalism, journalism?

Blogs can be opinionated, inaccurate, informal, and bias-- in some instances blogs are just a battleground for slandering.

Aside from blogs, publications are now offering their audience to comment on articles. This also can lead to grounds for slandering.

As these values are not exactly in compliance with journalism, should we as journalists just ignore our audience’s demand for participation?

“How do we empower the audience to participate in the news in the way that upholds the values of journalism – that’s the bigger question.” says McBride.

Now the question you may be asking is, how do we do that?

Emphasize the necessary requirements for journalism. “Transparency, attribution, truth-telling, [and] non-plagiarism”, says McBride.

As an amateur writer who wants their work to be credible these guidelines are imperative to follow. As a professional journalist who has their own blog, you should automatically follow these standards.

“If people operate on fact, they do original reporting and so on, and that probably is journalism”, says Carlson.