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Can journalist blogs?

February 17, 2010

On Tuesday at the conference we looked at the future of journalism and where our industry is headed. Will our readers soon have to pay for the pleasure of reading our stories? How much should the information produced on the internet be censored? And how can we harness the skills that new technology demands?

While the idea that news websites might soon be pay-as-you-go – led by the mighty New York Times – the most troubling aspect of our profession’s future is the need for all journalists to provide their audience with a new and creative edge in order to stay ahead of the competition.

To that end, Steve Strasser, a professor at the City University of New York, journalism told us that reporting is no longer a matter of presenting the facts in an objective or distant, third person manner. Rather, journalists need to get analytical in their reporting and presentation, something along the lines of blogging.

From presenting other voices to finding my voice

As we worked through the session and turned our attention to putting these ideas into practice, I realized that as a reporter looking inside myself and trying to find my opinions on any given subject is a very difficult task.

I have suppressed my opinions for so long. Tried to stay balanced or hid my views in order not to be tainted as a person with certain beliefs that now being told I have to have an opinion in order to continue in this profession is certainly daunting.

Objective blogging?

Obviously this direction is further encouraged by the relatively new phenomenon of blogging where opinions are like gold dust and provide the core of this new, digital, media.

While blogging allows us as journalists to expand on our ideas and present a wider range of views and voices, the question that was raised at this conference is how a journalist who must strive to be unbiased or has a reputation to maintain can then blog his or her feelings from the heart on any given issue?

Of course being a good journalist is not always about finding the answers to such soul searching questions, rather just recognizing that our profession is in a state of flux and all options need to be considered… (See! there I go again not wanting to give an opinion)

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Aroosa permalink
    February 17, 2010 6:40 am

    Well said Ruth. Couldn’t agree with you more.

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