Ought to Running a blog Be Thought-about A Critical Type Of Journalism? Our Bloggers Argue
Recently, Indian journalism has hit a new low. Two weeks ago, citizens learned how much power had been transferred to some journalists in the country when Arnab Goswami’s WhatsApp chats were posted on social media. On the other hand, many of our smaller journalists are behind the bars because their votes rejected the country and provoked the toxic side of so-called Indian nationalism.
Hence, as an institution in India, the media can be seen as a systematic failure – murder of journalists, biased opinions, dissemination of information due to corruption and bribery and what not. However, this does not necessarily mean that we are near the death of journalism.
The news media keep us informed of various events around the world that otherwise may never reach our knowledge. It’s a pretty dangerous path to take, especially as our ideologies cause us to overlook prejudice and put our trust in direct reporting.
People believe that reading a blog means consuming an opinion as opposed to reading a news article as we all rely on definitions to understand things around us. A blog refers to a website that is operated by either an individual or a group and is openly and specifically subject to a particular person. Blogging started in 1994 when a student named Justin Hall started a website called links.net.
It slowly developed into a platform for people from different walks of life, now known as bloggers, to post their ideas, opinions or information on topics such as fashion, food, architecture and even news on the internet.
We at ED Times are bloggers too, and our job has always been to provide information and opinions on daily events from not just one but many sources of the news media – to ensure that our articles provide an independent understanding of the event we sometimes hang on with our own young mind.
However, can blogging still be considered a serious form of journalism?
I believe that legitimate blogs can be considered a serious and credible source of information.
Various political and social bloggers work permanently as bloggers. They gather their information in places where something is happening and, in particular, deliver news that is not covered by mainstream sites. Instagram pages and organizations like the Dalit Camera are owned by activists and sociologists who are also bloggers. They convey peripheral ideas and stories about underreported events.
Therefore, blogging has opened platforms not only for marginalized but also for disempowered people so that they can finally express their opinions and stories that the mainstream media ignore, distort or manipulate. They radicalize the way in which information is passed on to people and challenge institutionalized structures such as media houses, which are known to be coveted by certain ideologies and political powers.
Hence, the audience is really aware of where the information is coming from. And this information is usually not hampered by the power or control of the authorities and their prejudice. Most blogs come from ordinary people who are free to exercise their right to the given story if it belongs to them or their community.
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Opinion columns in the mainstream news media
Major newspapers and media sites have various columns such as Lifestyle, Sports, Fashion and Opinions that feature articles – by their journalists. However, such pillars distract people from platforms that are already owned by independent professionals. In fact, most are written by those who have the first hand experience of the products advertised or promoted by mainstream websites. Vlogging is a popular form of blogging where people post short videos of it.
So next time you want to find out if the new shampoo will strengthen your hair roots, visit and get an independent blogger’s opinion.
A world according to the truth
Another outdated idea people have is that facts are the end of arguments. However, many examples in history show us that the contingency of facts does not promise us a conclusion, as most of them are appropriated by people in power. National Socialist ideology misinterpreted the term Aryan race in order to advance the propaganda of the Germans.
While facts are important, they shouldn’t be on a pedestal in a world with too much information. A world according to the truth is a world in which facts do not occupy a significant position, for what does truth actually mean? We are already questioning systems like capitalism and democracy. Therefore blogging should surpass the journalism check. While bloggers may not have the resources to conduct their research, their opinions or views are no less than those of other journalists belonging to a major media company, as they can help us ponder our understanding of an event – we have to possibly to the gloomy consensus that it has become more difficult to obtain factual information.
To find out if blogging can be considered journalism, we need to analyze the method, content and purpose of the two.
As we all know, blogging publishes an analysis, opinion, experience, rating or other information. While it cannot be denied that blogs can be a useful source of information, any form of blog that covers worldly news must extract information from sources provided by traditional journalism.
Journalists are trained and qualified to receive objective and neutral information first hand and to publish it through their organization or their newsletter. There is also a lot going on in between, like checking facts and writing texts, as this is a professional job and journalists can be held accountable in the event of mishaps.
Blogs that use political, social, and environmental news as the basis of their content, must rely on traditional journalism most of the time to deliver the objective news first.
In this sense, blogging is the formulation and analysis of the news that has already been covered. This can be positive, but it can also cause information problems.
Different forms of blogging
Talking about the content reports and informs traditional journalism. Blogging goes beyond reporting. The problem with blogging is that anyone and everyone can blog these days because software developments have made blogging accessible.
Even untrained / unskilled teenagers can post their opinions, the content provided by blogging on the internet is wide and most of them are not close to journalism.
Opinions and debate are urgently needed, critical analysis and observation of ongoing events are urgently needed, but not all opinions and analysis are meaningful as some can even cause harm.
On the contrary, with tons of the occasional blogging with no sense of scientific method or professionalism, most blogs are just opinions for everyone to see, rather than a friend’s on WhatsApp.
A journalist can blog and a blogger can be a journalist, but it would be misleading to say that all blogging is serious journalism and that all bloggers are journalists. Journalism is a practice that requires training that should not be underestimated. Even serious blogging cannot replace traditional journalism – this is the firsthand source for blogging.
The bloggers at ED are handpicked, the news we share is carefully checked for fact, sources are always credited, and opinions are unbiased unless otherwise stated. We follow professionalism and are responsible for the information we share.
While the debate about the authenticity of blogging can lead us into different avenues of reflection, the most important way to deal with information – either news or blogs – is to critically analyze it and gain media literacy. Blogging is a new age form of mass media that has revolutionized the perception of journalism. Both journalism and blogging can improve each other’s quality and lead us all to enlightenment.
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