Blogging; interaction, follow-ups and citizen journalism

Media cultures today are overwhelmed with means of communication, there are magazines, newspapers, TV, Radio, online news, forums, and blogs, each and every unique in its own way and used for a certain purpose.  Journalists on-the-go may prefer to use online mobile platforms which readers can read on-the-go or an investigative reporter might refer to a TV report or a full feature newspaper story for a more in-detailed story, but one medium of media outlet has taken the world by storm lately, with providers like wordpress, blogspot and blogger, blogs have become one of the most interactive and popular forms of written media.

There are many factors that attract writers to blogging. To start off with blogs are easy, cheap and everyone has access to them, no need to pitch your story to an editor, all one has to do is type and post. Other than the easy publishing, when blogging you have the freedom to write in whichever way you feel like and even include your own opinion no matter how bias it might be.

A blog can work as many things, it can be for criticism, it can be a speak of mind, it could be a journal or even it can be a news outlet. Running a blog is like having your own little newspaper or magazine but you’re the boss, the editor, the writer and even the designer.

A blog is also more interactive, where the writer can follow-up with his/hers post, receive feedback and comments, and can be shared on social media outlets. This personalizes ones story, it is important for one to speak their mind but when you do so it is even more important to listen to others piece of mind.

And finally and the reason most people prefer to blog is that you don’t have to be a professional, anyone can do it. Since blogs have become popular so has citizen journalism, where civilians write what they have seen or what they think about a certain topic and they’re reaching out.


3 thoughts on “Blogging; interaction, follow-ups and citizen journalism

    1. It doesn’t really matter what I think because the role of a blog is to grant the freedom of opinion.
      But I personally do not believe in “News Bloggers”, citizen journalism can be very misleading and bias, people speak their minds without doing the right research most of the times.

    2. At the same time these “unprofessional” accounts could add value to the endless bank of information around. These not-professional bloggers provide further insight into whatever topic they are tackling. Just like bloggers have opinions, media outlets have agenda their reporters have to abide to. So, in a sense, yes I would trust reading blogs because they provide personal perspectives which could, at times, be more credible than third party sources.

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