Blogs all journalists should follow


Blogging has taken over the Internet and, likewise, online journalism. Many hardcore journalists have seen this as a cause for concern – could blogs, which are not necessarily news but more opinion-based, not only take away readers but also misinform them? On the other hand, blogs with devoted fan followings have lead to greater success for some journalists.

Regardless, blogs have become an important part of the online landscape. Journalists in particular have taken to blogging not just about current events and issues, but also simply about the art of journalism itself. There are several online blogs about journalism written by journalists that all aspiring reporters should follow.

PressThink is written by Jay Rosen, an associate professor in the Journalism Department at New York University. PressThink, first introduced in 2003, won the Reporters Without Borders 2005 Freedom Blog Award and has a large following (in April 2007, the site recorded its two millionth visit). The blog covers all kids of issues relating to journalism today. A particularly interesting post is titled “Why I am Not a Journalist: A True Story.” It provides useful insight into how exactly one can go wrong when pursuing a career in journalism. Both humorous and informative, Rosen’s blog is sure to entertain while creating conversation topics.

With social networking sites gaining not just mere popularity but genuine importance in today’s society, it is important for journalists to develop ways to effectively use these sites. BeatBlogging “looks at how journalists can use social networks and other Web tools to improve beat reporting,” according to their About section on the blog website.

Former contributor to the University of Southern California and Annenberg’s Online Journalism Review, Robert Niles gives his opinions not just on journalism, but on how journalism covers issues like business, culture and politics in his blog, SensibleTalk. Recent topics on the site center around political issues, but also issues of concern such as the housing bubble.

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