Media Criticism Spring 2012

Part 1: Deconstructing Super Bowl Ads

I blog,Therefore I Report!

Posted on | April 25, 2012 | No Comments

Have you noticed that many newspapers writers write not only for their company but also have a personal blog? In this day and age taking advantage of technology is the best way to stay ahead of the curve. Many people do not believe so but many newspapers are transferring to online sources, as stated in my previous CritNews1 blog. This may be easier but what happens when people can receive news from more than one source. What happens when bloggers become the new source for people to receive their news? If the facts are correct does this make them reporters or just people with opinions?

Technology is a wave that has essentially swept into every Americans home. With that being said that means that there are more ways that people will be able to receive news. This also means that with third screen technology people can also take reporting into their own hands. Smartphones and apps such as instagram allow for people to post pictures to coincide with what their blog is talking about. This allows for people to connect to the audiences senses and become very popular. Plus it allows for audiences to receive the news as fast as a person can produce it with a different edge than many conglomerates would put on it. For instance successful blogger Jonathan Lasner in Newsonomics states “ This is Short –Form journalism.I don’t know that what I’ve been doing is that different.It’s back to the future.“ And then he goes on to state “ …Too many people are lost in the romance of the eighties,when we had time to publish[longer] stories.” He is an example of how bloggers can be very successful he writes one column a week and then goes on to write blogs for Real Estate in Orange County. He has come out on top because he can deliver the news quickly.

Blogging in many ways allows for audiences to leave the television screens and gaze upon the screens of computers. Blogging and the “Cultivation Theory” could coincide because the more people watch television the more they are afraid of the world that is out there. Many people end up watching the same scary news or show over and over because they lost the remote or are cooking dinner and listen to the news on a repetitive loop. Thanks to blogging many people can control what they are seeing because people need to go to a computer screen to view the material. Bloggers will have all the same sources but it isn’t necessarily pounding into their viewers minds. According to Greg Sargent of the Washington Post, “I submit that someone can be a “real” reporter if he or she is accurate on the facts and fairly represents the positions of subjects; if he or she has a decent sense of what’s newsworthy and important to readers; and if readers come away from his or her stuff feeling more informed than they were before.” As long as the blogger stays as non-bias as they can blogging can be just as beneficial as the news that is delivered on our television screens or on our doorstep. Also, free speech is a part of our first amendment. This is where some bloggers can lose the line between journalism and opinionated rants. However, blogging also allows for many citizens to also get their opinions heard on the internet.

In conclusion, it is hard to say that blogging is always considered journalism. With cases such as Hernandez vs. Ohio blogging brings up the question “With the Internet increasingly serving as the dominant source of information, a national debate has been taking place asking the question, who is a journalist? Legal scholars, journalism academics, and First Amendment advocates all have their opinions and, as expected, there is little agreement.” No one may ever agree on this topic however, one thing people can agree on is people love to have their voice heard and need their news to know what is going on in the world. Therefore, if your facts are correct blog on journalist and take advantage of this new wave of technology.


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