This is a battle that has been going from the birth of blogs. But is blogging really a form of journalism? Since anyone can use Wordpress, Blogger or any of the other blogging services anyone can call themselves a blogger.
The simple answer is no.Just because you have a blog doesn't mean you are a blogger. Blogging takes time, lots of time and most blogs start out to just end because the person who started the blog got bored. That is the fundimental difference between blogging and journalism. Bloggers that keep blogging do it because they want to, not because they get paid to blog. Journalists write articles because their paycheque depends on it.
Another difference is how articles for either blogs or journalists get developed. Bloggers write about what they choose to write. Journalists get assigned stories to report on, most of the time. That is also the reason I hate reading articles by journalists. They write what they get told to write. Very few journalists write what they feel and that is what makes bloggers special. Bloggers write what or how they feel about a subject and thus they can make you look at things differently.
I've been working on gevaaalik.comfor a year and ten months now. I write about whatever I feel like on gevaaalik.com. My point of view on my choice of subject. My readers often agree with me and my articles make them think about things in a way, a way they might not have concidered before. Journalism for a major publication has the advantage of a bolt on audience. Unfortunately that audience does not always care about the subject matter a journalist wrote about. Bloggers might have to build an audience but the readers that keeps coming back obviously like your content and that's why they keep coming back.
Essentially that is why bloggers are not journalists. Bloggers cater for a smaller niche than journalist do. Obviously there are exceptions the rule, there always are. Journalist have proof that they can write, bloggers think they can write and it's not alway the case.
What do you think? Are bloggers the journalists of the internet age? Let me know in the comments.