Can Bloggers and Journos live together?


It’s often fought in London, New York, LA. But has it been argued in Belfast?

The Blogger and the Journalist, MSM and New Media.

My view is simple – Lou Reed is a Journalist, Dr Johnson was a Journalist, anyone who records and interprets the world around them in words (whether set in music, paper, web or stone) is a Journalist. At times that will extend to painting, sculpture, dance, any form of communication. Picasso was a Journalist when he painted Guernica.

I’ve been in journalism in one form or another for a long time. I don’t see it as the preserve of one group of people. But who cares what I think? Most of the time I don’t.

But there are skills that someone who has been trained in News, Reporting, Newspaper, Radio and TV has learned, developed, been taught. I do not for one second underestimate those skills and have often envied the best:

To say nothing of turning a story around on the hoof, meeting a deadline, being first, fair and accurate. And when required, impartial.

Is a Blogger a Journalist? I think so. Can a Blogger really screw up simply because they didn’t check the facts? Oooooh yes. If an experienced Journalist can, so can a Blogger. I will never forget the day when the lawyer’s brown envelope arrived, recorded delivery, because I had been quoted (as it happened misquoted) in a national magazine about chlorofluorocarbons in a polystyrene coffee cup.

So is it worth a discussion at BarCamp? Not a discussion on MSM v Bloggers, I’m so tired of that. A discssion on what each can learn from the other. Along those lines, anyway.

Finding Bloggers will be easy – will Journos participate? I can only ask. What do you think? What’s the shape, form, agenda for such a discussion?

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