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Blogging and journalism: what's the connection?

I mentioned this in a post last week. We’ll use a thesis from Jill Walker Rettberg’s Blogging book to discuss how blogging and journalism can and might intersect. Briefly, (I’m conflating two lists) she says that blogs:

  1. can supply first-hand reports about breaking events such as the war in Iraq or Hurricane Katrina (obviously a role for Twitter as well)
  2. can tell stories that mainstream media did not either because they thought them unworthy, or because they did not investigate them fully; the latter reflects the premise of ProPublica.org, a site that tries to carry out in-depth reporting “in the public interest” (interview with founder T. Christian Miller on Fresh Air 1/12/10)
  3. can digest and report on what the media are doing (typically called filter blogs; the practice is called gatewatching by Axel Bruns).
  4. can be picked up by the media as content or sources for other storties—what Rettberg calls “symbiosis”; an example is posts from a student at Virgina Tech
  5. can, of course, be done by reporters
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