One of my many problems with current journalism is a lack of sleeping on something. We are driven by ratings, exposure, and getting there first. Although this has always been a problem, for as long as ratings and relevance have been an issue, the Internet has exacerbated this issue tremendously. Initially, journalists could take a day or two on assignment, without having to worry about the clock. However, the Internet, social media, and the ease of information access in today's society has made this an impossibility, or, rather, an option that few papers, magazines, and news organizations can slow down, even if they want the best information out there amongst the public. When it comes to getting the story, journalists must balance the risks of reporting too early against reporting too late. They must also remember to balance risks of being victims to scams, fakenews, deepfakes, etc. Journalists are also required to check and double-check sources, hopefully in the name of accuracy. They must also be able to check where all information comes from, in a shorter timeframe.
When it comes to blogs, almost anyone can build one. According to Tate (2019), "A blog can be formal or informal in nature; consist solely of text posts; or, alternatively, incorporate photos, video clips, or RSS feeds" (p. 27). However, it takes a lot of time, money, and work to get a blog off the ground, something that can be both reputable and worthwhile. In other word, blogs, if they are worth a damn, require just as much effort as seen by journalists reporting the news in an era of social media/social networking. One my favorite blogs, Medievalists.net, has built a reputation as a sound, well-researched, and well-respected blog on medieval history and medieval studies. This blog and podcasting Website reports on the latest developments within the field, among other things. They rely on research written by leading medievalists, and the Website is run by medieval scholars as well.
Blogs can have tremendous value in the modern world, and I would say have more to offer readers than the pay-to-play social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. Weinstein and McFarlane (2017) found that blogs are an important aspect of customer service economies, and they create a stakeholder mindset among students who are exposed to them. In other words, if we take this argument a bit further, we find that blogs create stakeholders out of those who creator the content, which is important. Those who are not stakeholders in the content are less likely to care if it circulates inaccuracies, logical fallacies, etc. In "The Value of Your Blog" (2019), the authors found that financial literacy Websites often provide up-to-date (accurate) information to their clients who relied on their Website for information services. This shows that blogs do, indeed, have incredible pull for readers, and with that incredible pulls comes serious responsibility on part of the blog content curators and content writers.
Tate, M. A. (2018). Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web. CRC Press/Taylor Francis.
The value of your blog. (2019). High Net Worth Insights Journal, 15(3), 11-13.
Weinstein, A. T., & McFarlane, D. A. (2017). Case study – how a business school blog can build stakeholder relationships and create added value in an MBA marketing program. Journal of Strategic Marketing, 25(2), 101–113. https://doi-org.ezproxy.snhu.edu/10.1080/0965254X.2016.1182574
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