During the blog discussion, Thomas brought up a question about blogs being widely adopted/accepted in the future as a news medium. The economic recession is hitting hard across the board and as we've seen over these last few months, an increasing number of newspapers are closing down to keep from losing even more money. But what does this mean for the future of news reporting? Even if we can say televised news will remain safe, what about printed news? I certainly think that newspapers will start turning in greater numbers to an online and/or blog format because it's so much more cost effective. And as Thomas mentioned, non-mainstream sources like The Huffington Post are getting more popular. Also, The Huffington Post actually hires reporters and people to help keep the site running smoothly, so unlike some blogs there is money involved.
I think the issue of money is an interesting one, especially since the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 only protects bloggers who earn a significant amount of their income from blogging. Do you think it's necessary for a blogger to be earning a salary for them to be considered a journalist? If so, why do you think this? I don't feel money needs to be involved to yield accurate results. As Amber mentioned, bloggers who do investigate and report news tend to be somewhat of a specialist, if you will, in the field for which they're reporting, whereas a reporter for a newspaper doesn't always know that much about the topic on which they're writing. This is isn't to say the opposite isn't true (blogger doesn't know about the issue and the reporter does) but I still think it's something to be considered. And if your information is accurate, why does profit matter so much? I know ad revenue is the main source of income for newspapers, but this isn't really the case for blogs.
So, what do you all think about these issues? I know some of this was talked about a little in class but I feel there's still a lot to be said. Additionally, since we didn't get to it during our presentation today, I was just curious how many people here use blogs as a news source? If so, are you using them for "serious" news (political news, business news, etc), entertainment news, both, or something else? Personally, I use blogs for entertainment news because I follow artists from Korea and Japan and the medium of blog serves very well as a place where everyone can share all that they know and/or have translated. If you use blogs, what attracts you to them? And if you don't use blogs, is there any particular reason why? I realize some people may just have no need for/interest in them, but I am curious if anyone actively dislikes them?