No need for a blogger to be like a journalist

The difference between blogger and journalist should exist

The difference between blogger and journalist should exist

In one of the recent discussions on a prominent LinkedIn forum, some participants representing prestigious journalistic bodies were of the opinion that bloggers lack the expertise which is found in the journalists. They conveyed the impression that since journalists get trained at recognized school of journalism, they display a better critical sense, exhibit better style and react in more mature way. That makes them a greater and more respectable entity than a blogger. However, in my eyes, they missed an important aspect: Why should a blogger be interested in emerging as a good journalist?

It can be easily understood that rising importance of bloggers and their ever-increasing influence have unsettled their counterparts in journalistic circles. However, I am not interested in being at loggerheads with them. I am, at present, more interested in making bloggers aware of the fact that instead of aspiring to emerge as a good journalist, it’s time to acknowledge the uniqueness associated with blogging and how to use it well to do justice with critical issues.

The difference between them should exist even as both come to use similar method and approach while dealing with sensitive issues. The bloggers should not be coloured in the traits which has made journalism a profession instead of a mission! One cannot overlook the fact that journalists or editors having a developed critical sense often display biased approach while framing the perspective.

For instance, if one reads India related news items in reputed foreign magazines one would always notice prejudices of foreign correspondents. Still they boast of impartiality and transparency! The bloggers, more often than not, are free from external pressures to view the issue from a particular angle only. They are free to present the issue as it is. It’s another thing that being human they give way to prejudiced opinions.

I strongly dismiss the views which suggest that it’s necessary to be part of journalistic institution to emerge as a good writer or good journalist. The ability to write a perfect piece cannot be nurtured within journalistic institutions. A good news sense cannot be manufactured. In fact, it’s a recent trend to have a degree from journalistic institution. That’s one of the reasons why many journalistic institutions have come in origin in India, which are fooling the wannabe journalists.

Anyway, that’s not an attempt to ignore the role of good institutes but I am against any division based on this assumption that journalists are better since they have honed their skills at some institute. Bloggers, too, have their own share of unique experiences which cannot be overlooked only because they have not attended any journalistic institution!

Anyway, let the blogger set good precedents without the desire to emerge as a good journalist. After all, the bloggers have emerged as a better alternative to biased media. There is no need for them to copycat mannerism prevalent in the journalistic circles. The bloggers should aim to be better than journalists instead of being like them!

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16 responses

  1. Thanks catherinephung for liking the post…

  2. मैं स्वयं मानता हूँ कि एक ब्लॉगर को पत्रकार जैसा दिखना भी नहीं चाहिए ……. शायद ब्लॉग्गिंग की जरुरत भी ना पड़ती यदि पत्रकार पत्रकारिता तक ही ना सीमित रहते ! जहाँ तक अपनी समझ है ब्लॉग्गिंग में कुछ ऐसा एडऑन है जिसके कारण वह पत्रकार के बस का नहीं ……….. तो यदि कोई ब्लॉगर पत्रकार को सब्सटिट्युट करना चाहता है तो वह पेशागत आर्थिक परिवर्तन तो हो सकता है ….पर इससे ज्यादा कुछ नहीं !

    पत्रकारिता में आप अपने जुड़े पत्र की मर्यादाओं के नाम पर वह नहीं देख सकते हैं ….जो एक ब्लॉगर देख सकता है …. तस्वीर का दूसरा पहलू ……… कई बार पत्रकार शुरुवाती सनसनी के बाद उसके बाद के फीडबैक से कन्नी काट लेते हैं ….एक ब्लॉगर को इससे कन्नी नहीं काटनी चाहिए !

    पत्रकार जहाँ फुलटाइमर है वहीं ब्लॉगर पार्टटाइमर

    पत्रकार उन ख़बरों के आगे पीछे सोच सकता है ……जिसका असर उसकी स्टोरी पर पड़ सकता है …. जबकि ब्लॉगर पर इस प्रकार का कोई दबाव सामान्यतः नहीं होना चाहिए !

    जल्दी में हूँ …… कुछ और भी लिखा जाना चाहिए था …… पर पता नहीं लिखने की आदत क्यूं ?????
    शायद ब्लॉगर ही बने रहना ठीक है🙂

    1. @Praveen Trivediji,

      बिल्कुल ठीक ऐसा मेरा भी मानना है..ये अच्छा लगा कि आपने मुझसे छूटे हुए बिन्दुओ को भी अपने इस संक्षिप्त सी प्रतिक्रिया में शामिल कर दिया…इससें पोस्ट में एक सम्पूर्णता से आ गयी. ये बताना जरूरी रहेगा कि इस मुद्दे पे लिंक्डइन पर एक प्रतिष्ठित फोरम में जिसमे Associated Press (AP), वाशिंगटन पोस्ट, द गार्डियन आदि बड़े अखबारों के संपादक, पत्रकार लोग शामिल थें सबका मानना था पत्रकार ट्रेन्ड होने की वजह से बेहतर कवरेज करते है..कुल मिला के ब्लागर्स को सम्मान देने के बाद भी उन्हें कमतर करके देखा जा रहा था..मै चर्चा में देर में शामिल हुआ और यह रूख मुझे आपत्तिजनक लगा ..ये स्पष्ट करना मैंने वहा जरुरी समझा और जाहिर से बात है मेरे इस रूख से कि ब्लागर्स को कोई आवश्यकता नहीं पत्रकार के सांचे में ढलने के लिए किसी को अच्छा नहीं लगा पर चर्चा का रूख अवश्य बदल गया. और मै इसे अपनी उपलब्धि में शामिल करूँगा कि चर्चा को एक दूसरे ही डाइमेंशन में ले गया जो अभी तक उपेक्षित था.

      वैसे मुझे ख़ुशी है कि कम से कम अब पारंपरिक मीडिया में ब्लागर्स के बढ़ते प्रभाव को कायदे से महसूस किया जा रहा..सोशल मीडिया एडिटर्स का महत्त्व अब सबको समझ में आ रहा. फिर भी मुझे पारंपरिक मीडिया कि इस मूढ़ता पे आश्चर्य हो रहा है कि इस मुद्दे को अभी भी जीवंत समझते है जबकि सभी बड़े अखबारों और मैगज़ीनो ने ब्लागर्स को प्रमुखता से अपने मुख्य पृष्ठों पर जगह दे रखी है..

      खैर इसी मुद्दे को मैंने अभी हाल में अपने ही एक लेख में ढेर सारी शोध सामग्री सहित चर्चा की है…जो इस मुद्दे को और अच्छी तरह से समझना चाहते है वे इस लेख को पढ़ सकते है..

      https://indowaves.wordpress.com/2012/05/13/blogger-the-underdog-making-journalist-cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof/

      Blogger: The Underdog Making Journalist Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

  3. Justin Banjak, Windber, Pennsylvania (United States), said:

    Well most journalists now-a-days are spineless corporate owned jelly fish. Who are afraid to lose their jobs because of Political Correctness. And Egotistical News owners.

    Author’s response:

    Well said, Justin..Precisely that’s why bloggers have emerged as a better alternative to fill in the gaps..Being aware of that, I feel bloggers should not commit the blunders made by the journalists.. Let them emerge as a better entity than journalists engaged in sponsoring of news items!!!

  4. Thanks to Ashutosh Dubeyji, Jammu, and Kamlesh Bhagwati Parsad Vermaji, Patiala(Punjab) for making their presence felt on the post…

  5. We the bloggers have upper hand on scribes and also the men of literature!

    1. @Gyandutt Pandeyji

      Hey, you are not a trained journalist then how come you have both perfect critical sense and news sense?😛 …The rise of bloggers have come as a huge blow for so-called news-makers engaged in suppression of facts and censoring of sensitive details that really mattered. It’s now no longer possible for them to fool all the people all the time. And, thus, they are fast becoming useless for their masters who had been using them for vested interests.

      Precisely that’s why some of the eminent journalists representing big names in media world in that particular discussion virtually went berserk when I asked them to stop contrasting bloggers with journalists..True, when prejudices get shattered it hurts some people very badly!! Especially ones those who are on the wrong side of the fence.

  6. @Anirudh, Mumbai, said:

    The problem now facing by so called ‘journalists’ community is that blogs giving tough fight against their filtered, non-creative, celebrity, political centric paid media where citizen exercising their right and anger through FB and blogs. The so called paid media facing new challenges from bloggers.

    Author’s response:

    You have hit the nail on the head..The rise of bloggers have left journalists engaged in making caricature of news hugely disappointed. The citizens have now better alternative to remain better informed about critical issues..That means end of monopoly of so-called news-makers…That’s why they are now a frustrated lot..

  7. Thanks Kapil Bhargavaji (Managing partner at Pragyan hospital),
    Ravi Shankar Pandeyji (Advocate at HC), Pankaj Chaturvediji (Editor at National Book Trust, New Delhi ), Anand G.Sharma (Mumbai) and Nirmal Paneriji (Owner at Travel Trade Service, Udaipur) for dropping by..

  8. Anand Sharmaji, Mumbai, said:

    खेंचो न कमानों को – न तलवार निकालो |
    जब काग मुकाबिल हो तो – ब्लॉग निकालो ||

    ………….कव्वों में अद्भुत एकता पायी जाती है |
    हंसों में एकता का सर्वथा अभाव होता है |
    एकता के कारण ही कव्वे राज करते हैं |
    राम चन्द्र कह गए सिया से – ऐसा कलजुग आयेगा |
    हँस चुगेगा दाना तुनका – कव्वा मोती खएगा ||
    देश की सम्पदा (मोती) कव्वे ही तो खा रहे हैं क्योंकि नीर-क्षीर विवेक युक्त हंसों में एकता नहीं है |

    Author’s response:

    काग के मनुष्य संस्करण मीडिया से विलुप्ति हो जाए तभी बात बनेगी..ब्लॉग इसका माध्यम बन सके तो ये अच्छा ही है..दुःख इसी बात का है कि कौव्वे तो बेचारे ढूंढें नहीं मिल रहे है पर इनके मनुष्य संस्करण बढ़ते जा रहे है… ये सही बात है विलेन या गद्दरवा लोग एक रहते है और हीरो लोग आपस में लड़ते कटते रहते है..समय का चक्र अजीब सा हो चला है..

  9. Mens’ Rights, Bangalore, said:

    Thats also the reason why they want to restrict social media if not ban it…

    Author’s response:

    The government agencies are leaving no stone unturned to curb the influence of social media..Recently introduced The IT (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011 is one such attempt.. In fact, I have already sent an online petition to you to have your signature..

    The emergence of social media has really created new ways of presentation of news..In other words, people have now greater chances to be in company of truth than bundle of lies passed off as truth..

    ********************

    @ Ravi Hoodaji, Canada:

    Thanks for Canadian touch Ravi Hoodaji :

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