“What is the difference between Blogging and Journalism?”
Before we continue we must first of all find out what the two really are and then we will be able to identify the difference between them.
So then, what is blogging? Blogging was actually created by Justin Hall. It all started in 1994 when many witness the birth of the first blog. According to creative blog, It was called Links.net – a place where creator Justin Hall could share his musings and his favorite links with the world . It was a page where he could express himself, share his ideas and content on the web (Creative blog).
As years went by and technology progressed in 1997 , many people started using their own personal websites as a place to spotlight their ideas, the term “ weblog” was coined and shortened to “ blog” in 1999( Creative blog) .
People needed a place to share ideas, thoughts, express their feelings, and experiences. They found that having a place where you could share ideas and express yourself was an ideal way to share intimate information with people who are very close to you, friends and family.
According to creative blog, when people first started blogging they did not have to share it on Facebook or join a content network or outwardly promote it. It was actually private and people shared it with people they knew and they knew where to find them.
Before, blogging grew to what we know it today, early blogger’s hosted contents on sites like Xanga. It was founded in 1998, and live journal in 1999. Both were simple to use, but were mostly only able to swap out colors schemes and minor layout pieces, but very effective at allowing users to publish quickly and easily( Creative blog).
Many people became very interested in this new thing that they started looking beyond their intimate circle for more information to read. They started exploring, looking for the best blog and content on the web. Blogging actually gained it roots when Charlotte Observer set up its blog and used it to share information in mainstream news something that had not been done before. They used it and kept people informed. The Bonnie Blog set records for page views on the observer’s site. They also set the stage along with Drudge reports breaking of the Clinton –Lewinsky scandal, for a major shift in the way blogging platform were used (Creative Blog).
Soon people started showing interest in blogging and online news. They needed to find new ways on how to manage the content and share these ideas with the public. According to creative blog, I n 2003 Google launch AdSense, this allowed bloggers to earn income for their work. Soon many people were blogging. This gave them the opportunity to earn an income for the work that they do. Now it has become a profession for some people whereby they learn how to blog and make money. As we have seen what was once consider to be expression of people’s feelings , passion, ideas , thoughts and what was going on around the world, like current events has evolve to a whole new phenomenon. Blog is abbreviated of “Weblog,” it is used to describe websites that maintain an ongoing chronicle of information. A blog is like a personal diary type commentary and links to articles on other websites. It ranges from personal to political and can focus on concerns of the people. It is a place where most people feel very free to write and share their concerns.
On the other hand when we say Journalism one will wonder what it is. The dictionary .com acknowledges that journalism is the occupation of reporting , writing , editing , photographing or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business ( Dictionary.com). This reporting style does not include people’s opinions; however it involves data collection, authority, facts, information from reliable sources and verification to ensure that the information is accurate and proven to be the truth. Their work mostly consists of doing research to ensure that everything they report about actually did happened and it is the truth. We might have seen it before. That sometimes when an incident occurs and the network does not verify the source to make sure that the story is true they later end up apologizing for their mistakes, networks like CNN, CBS, BBC and others have done it a few times. This is because they lack the facts and it can have a detrimental impact on the people receiving the news or on the network reporting it. According to the American Press Institute, “ the value flows from its purpose , to provide people with verified information they can use to make better decisions , and its practices , the most important of which is systematic process. A discipline of verification that journalist use to find not just facts, but also the “truth about the facts.”
Now that we have an idea of what blogging is and what journalism is we can infer the difference between the two.
Saleem khan a career journalist reports that , the key difference between blogging and journalism is that, with blogging people tend to offer more opinion and analysis that links to news stories reported by mainstream media while professional journalist tend to gather and report facts and opinion from expert source.
The art of journalism requires that the journalist finds a fact or premise determine the veracity of that fact or premise by verifying it with different sources before reporting it and attributing to it. With blog there is no such requirement or expectation with it. All one needs is a blog which defined primarily by format: a web page or site comprised of series of post that typically appear in reverse
Chronological order, which may include links commentary, multimedia content and a way of reader to comment on the site (khan).
However, with the increase involvement of people on the internet these days, Khan adds that Journalist has increasingly taken up blogging as a way to:
-Report observations on the fly share note book and story –behind –the story facts that don’t easily fit into the narrative of a formal news article.
-They cover stories that would be just a piece of a full article
-Adopt a more casual and relaxed voice than a traditional news reports allows
– Add context to a story by linking and commenting on other material found online. Basically when journalist blogs , they express their view about the issues surrounding whatever they are reporting on and even does it better because there are no restrictions like when they are actually doing journalistic work. To be a journalist one needs an academic training or formal training from a reputable school of journalism. To be a blogger one needs a website and need to know how to express him or herself by writing.
Simply, blogging is viewed by many as unreliable because it’s someone’s opinion and the other one is viewed as reliable because one has to verify the source of the information before it can be broadcast the world. However, I think it is a perception issue of what the public view as reliable or unreliable and I say this because when we look at the evolvement of blogging over the years we can infer that blogging has become a huge deal that even major companies are using blogs to promote their businesses on their websites and different forums. It has become one of the reliable sources that most people rely on to read and make decisions about whether they want to do business with the firm, purchase from them or inquire about what they do and what it entails. As mentioned before, even journalist and others have taken to blogs in order to share information with others.
Few years ago, many people rely on their radios, TV’s, Newspapers and news magazines to get the latest news or event happening around the world. But now it has changed. With our advancement in technology many do not rely on journalism anymore like they used to. People can get their news from their mobile devices and through these social media links such as Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr, WhatsApp and others like it. Though not all the news are reliable because many share what is now known as ” fake news “ , one cannot actually believe everything when they see or hear about it. It has to be verified with a reputable source first before it can be spread around.
In brief, both are seen as a way of sharing information with others, but how the information is achieved and where it is achieved from is the difference between the two.
American Press Institute. What makes journalism different than other forms of communication?
Retrieved from americanpressinstitute .org/ journalism –essentials /what is journalism / makes – journalism -different –forms- communication
Creative Blog staff (2014) Web design. The History of Blogging. Retrieved from
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Journalism. (n.d). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved May 10, 2017 from Dictionary .com website
Khan .S. (2011). Career Journalist. Founder of investig8.net. Retrieved from