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Difference between blogging and journalism

  • by Simran Rohra

Most people are under the false impression that blogging and journalism are simply synonyms. Although they superficially seem the same, they aren’t. The two can be differentiated on a number of levels.

Journalism is the act of collecting and evaluating information on the events and stories relevant to the requirements of the audience. A journalist’s job includes thorough research to ensure that the information acquired is entirely true and credible. It demands generous time dedicated to research in order to maintain authentic and factual matter. A journalist is professionally trained and is answerable to the organization they serve. The organization may be associated with various mediums. It might be print which uses newspapers, magazines, etc. Electronic media is the most popular- using TV, radio and the internet.

The relationship between and a journalist and their audience is highly professional. The audience takes their work very seriously which necessitates the journalist to preserve such a tone throughout the same. A piece of journalism should never be biased. It can provide various points of view, representing a number of sides of a story. Although, it can never lean towards one. The composition must always be objective and fair. They form the pillars of journalism.

On the other hand, a blog is a regularly updated website or a web page run in a conversational and informal style. A blog can be sustained by an individual or a small group of people. They need not answer to anyone and have the freedom to create any sort of content. It is not necessary that they stick to fixed topics, reporting on issues predetermined by any organisation. Usually, bloggers extract their data from newspapers, TV, etc., the field of journalism. We can infer that all bloggers can be classified as journalists but it does not apply when the roles are reversed. Unlike journalism, blogging is strictly limited to the internet.

A blogger builds a unique rapport with their audience. They can have a casual tone running throughout as the audience does not expect hard facts. The work a blogger publishes can be true or false. The decision is lies in the hands of the blogger. It can make fictious additions while twisting the truth, all to add thrills, captivating and locking in more number of viewers. A blog can be biased. It can take sides on a story, voicing its own opinions. The degree of subjectivity can vary.

Journalism and blogging are two spaces that are separated by a blurred line. The two of them share several things in common but are still discrete.