Are bloggers ‘substandard’ journalists?

The sudden departure from the world of blogging by a respected writer for The Atlantic Monthly has raised questions about the relevance of this online platform and whether those engaged in the craft less of journalists than those in print. As a blogger for more than four years now, I disagree with the points made by the writer, Marc Ambinder. Good bloggers endeavor to check and double-check the facts, as credibility is just as important to us. Without credibility, we cannot hope to gain readers.

Maybe the biggest issue is the “personal angle” into every blog post. The bias of a blogger is plain and clear to the reader. But the reader isn’t really unaware of that. People who read blogs want to get perspectives on issues that interests them. And the blog is the best platform to obtain that kind of writing online. In this day and age, it is impractical to be subscribing to different newspapers and magazines just to get variety of opinions. Online journalism — blogs — is the avenue to which readers can explore for this purpose.

Here’s a link to the article that came out on the Poynter Online website:

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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