Old school reporter. Image from: wholinkstome.com/blog/newer-better/
“Along with the decline of print, whenever you get journalists together, they talk about the pros and cons of professionalizing the job. Once, journalism was something you did. Now, you study it. Many grizzled veterans of the chain-smoking newsroom days think this is ridiculous. They were appalled when people started getting college degrees in journalism.” The Huffington Post Guide to Blogging.
But studying journalism has been around for centuries.
Still today people are asking; do they have to go to college?
I actually don’t think this is a crazy question. Why wouldn’t you ask this question to yourself, when we constantly see everyday people’s blogs, tweets, and video uploads on the web, and sometimes these things make it to the news! (a small percentage, but they do)
But is this really journalism?
The people I know, who are in the business, have certain standards, rules and laws to follow to make the news acceptable for the public. And these are things everyday people are not aware of.
Bloggers could be breaking the law and not know it. Others could be sued because of what others have written on their blog as a comment.
So even though, everyday people have news, they want to share with the World Wide Web, it is in my opinion and experience that it is not journalism.
What do you think? Do you think people need to go to school to be a journalist?
Remember I’m not asking if everyday people can report news I’m asking if their journalists.
Just a thought and I’d like to hear yours.