Interesting blogger journo factoid…

51% of journalists read blogs regularly. 28% depend on them for material on a daily basis! Blogging may still not be considered journalism (though I’d argue that’s a financial constraint more than one dictated by the form), but it’s clearly got a (up till now) hidden (and potentially powerful) role in how the news cycle is generated.

  • peteb

    As in the example I mentioned the other day, Mick – Complementary media – it’s the way forward.

  • bertie

    Just a quick question – Is a blogger someone who hosts the blogs, puts on the threads or posts on them?

    If it includes the latter, does this mean, by your reckoning, that I’m a journalist Mick?


  • Gonzo

    Hmmm… I would consider you a commentator, and those who write the blog entries as the bloggers.

    Some of the blog entries could be considered journalism, as there is some analysis, longer critical articles and original news material.

    The ones that serve merely to draw your attention to another article I wouldn’t consider journalism per se, and these probably form the majority of entries.

    Some of the contributions by commentators on the threads could also be considered journalism, but not many. I suppose it depends on how you define ‘journalism’, but there’s probably enough news, comment, vox pops and opinion here to qualify in some ways.

    Video didn’t kill the radio star at all, and I doubt if blogging will kill any other form of journalism. It might even be argued that there is a degree of interdependency – reporters ‘stealing’ stories, quotes etc from Slugger, but with bloggers like meself very dependent on other stories to comment on and link to.

    Slugger seems to have gained a kind of momentum of its own. One interesting development for me was in the Ballymena Guardian on August 13 (page lead, pg 13, about 600 words).

    There was an article headlined ‘Web debates parades and violence in Ballymena’. It was basically a story about one of the threads about the sectarian attacks in north Antrim – you’ll be delighted to know this is one of the “more sophistocated blogging sites”, according to the BG, and it carried quotes from you lot, and some background on blogging, the republican parade and Paisley Minor’s remarks on the march.

    While I’m not sure that a Slugger thread constitutes real news, it is the silly season and pages need content. I guess there’s a certain novelty value too.

    Another example is the email I got from a reporter the other week. After I posted this entry on the London bomb attacks (as a bit of an experiment to see if Slugger could perhaps could provide some ‘news you could use’ in a practical way, as mobile phone networks weren’t instantly reliable), I got an email from a southern journalist. Basically, he wanted to find interviewees who may be affected or have witnessed the bombs. While some of the commentators on the thread were fairly close to the incident, I didn’t consider anyone on the site to be really close enough to events to consider contacting them (though one Sluggerette rang me anyway and spoke to a reporter). There was no big ‘story’ as such.

    While the wheels were turning, I didn’t really consider the experiment a real success, but I thought it was one worth trying. Some of the information on the thread was no more than rumour, although unsubstantiated or unreliable information was quickly tested or refuted by other commentators.

    So in a sense, all this leads to the conclusion that different media can indeed be complementary or interdependent. I’ve certainly never noticed any rivalry.

  • bertie

    “Hmmm… I would consider you a commentator
    Some of the contributions by commentators on the threads could also be considered journalism, but not many…..”

    Awwwwwh shucks Gonzo what do I have to do to qualify ;o)

  • D’Oracle

    51%eh!? Bet its closer to 1 % for the Sindo. Cant remenber its last “really useful” blog-lift

  • DCB

    It’s not really a blog but popbitch has provided much tabloid fodder for the last 5 or so years.

  • fmk

    this story is more or less consistent with the view pew internet took earlier this year – for many journalists, blogs offer a window on the worldwide web