Originally Posted by Boston Red
I think there is a huge difference between a major metropolitan newspaper (the Courier-Journal) intended to report the news of the community (and to some extent national news), and the Louisville Sports Report targeted solely at Louisville Cardinals fans. I think the distinction is pretty obvious. We'll have to agree to disagree on whether open, obvious and expected bias is okay, I suppose.
The people issuing credentials don't think there is a difference. If you're given a credential, you're expected to act like you have a credential.
The people educating up-and-comers to the profession don't think there's a difference. You're taught to be unbiased in everything you do professionally.
Though my background was in broadcasting, I owe my career to the new media. I appreciate all the new opportunities available to people, like myself, that wanted a career in journalism. I didn't take the old-fashioned route, but advanced through new media.
And I promise, the stigmas and stereotypes are still very much alive. Many places (including Major League Baseball as an orgaziational policy) still will not credential websites, unless you're backed by a published circulation of (typically) over 40,000 or otherwise are a major television outlet. Heck, the Baseball Writers Association of America won't accept members that are 'internet' writers.
When breaking in, struggling to get credentialed for what I was doing... I was told, "they don't treat you like media. So if you want to be a member of the media, you need to make sure you act, talk and write like it. You need to be better than they are."
I think this is a very important issue, and one that goes beyond news. Social media is blurring the lines of vision. On one hand, I think it's a good thing that people turn to things other than the news to receive, digest and interpret events happening in society without the 'aid' of media. People need to not believe what they're told and educate themselves. On the other hand, the lines between reality and fiction are becoming far too indecipherable.
The best way to continue seperating bloggers from reporters: what is the goal. If your goal is to report the news... like I said, it can be national, it can be about the Louisville Cardinals or it can be about the Cincinnati Reds. But if you're reporting on it and covering it, you should then follow all the standards of journalism.