Bloggers vs Journalists
Bloggers and Journalists both use online platforms to advance their interest in staying the public informed. What really is their common ground? What qualifies bloggers and journalists?
Despite how advanced the information technology today, how fast or instant the information dissemination has become, and how integrity, honor, and credibility has instantly turned into a commodity instantly ready for an exchange of money, perks, privileges, and delusional advancement among others still responsibility and maturity to handle information or content from conceptualization to publication bothers both bloggers and journalists.
The sanctity of disseminating information to the public must not be sacrificed in return for going it viral to amass page views or audience. Bloggers and journalists must remain undivided to engineer contents or information in the name of public service for the public welfare while being mindful of the rights entitled to private and public individuals.
In other words, bloggers and journalists must always be ethical besides being objective in delivering information to the public.
A blogger is either a public or private individual without a formal education or study in journalism, mass communication, broadcasting, and other special courses on information gathering and engineering, yet engages in public information dissemination either by educating, influencing, or marketing personal and professional brand with his or her respective talent, expertise, or niche.
However, if a blogger is a government employee as well or is receiving perks, privileges, or money outright from the government, that blogger is beyond the definition of a common, private individual blogger. He or she must exercise a higher ethical standard in delivering information and commentary influencing the public. It is an ethical common sense that he or she is expected to raise the bar of a traditional blogging to as far as the mainstream journalist’s standard.
A journalist can be a blogger, a freelancer, or an employee of a media outfit bounded by the Journalism Code of Ethics and editorial policies. Thus, at a certain level, a journalist is expected to deliver information to a standard higher than that of a blogger. A journalist has resources or machinery more advanced than a blogger has to gather, to engineer, and to deliver information.
However, what qualifies bloggers and journalists at the end of the day is the quality of information or content each one delivers. How ethical, objective or verifiable, relevant, timely, and significant information a blogger and a journalist disseminate it to the public. Does it promote hate, violence, division, malice, discrimination, harassment, and promiscuity, or otherwise?
Beyond what the rest of us can think of differences between a blogger and a journalist there is one common ground both have—delivering information with verifiable sources, ethical-based approach, unrestrained yet responsible dissemination of news, information, or commentary. •MBO: MainBarOnline