Blogging Vs Journalism: The concept of online media and Journalism

I have mentioned many times in my previous articles that Blogging is equal to journalism. I got many emails from my readers asking me how blogging is equal to Journalism. The email looks like:

Hi Himanshu,

I am very pleased with your articles. You have mentioned that blogging is Journalism in your post “Top 10 advantages of blogging”. I am surprised with your conclusion because Journalism involves too many reporters and lots of employees who can deliver news to you anytime. But in Blogging there is involvement of only one person who collects the news from various resources and make available to their readers. Can you please clear my doubts?



Peter asked a very genuine question. How can we compare blogging with Journalism?  First of all it is not necessary that blogging is a one man show (though lots of time it is). In blogging the owner of blog maintains the blog write the post (article or content) and promotes the site through various marketing sites.


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According to Wikipedia

Journalism is the craft of conveying news, descriptive material and comment via a widening spectrum of media. These include newspapers, magazines, radio and television, the internet and even, more recently, the mobile phone. Journalists—be they writers, editors or photographers; broadcast presenters or producers—serve as the chief purveyors of information and opinion in contemporary mass society.

From the above definition it is clear that Blogging is closely related to Journalism. Blogging can also play important medium to connect mass society.

Blogger is an editor

In print media there is journalist, reporters, editors, publishers and distributors who help in gathering and distribution of news. Blogging is somehow different. Blogger (may be any single person or team) plays the major role involves in gathering, publishing or promoting all the news.

Blogger play an important role in editing the entire article. The most difficult problem any blogger face is his career is choice of topics. A dilemma always exists in blogger’s mind about the selection of topics. There are lots of things to write on the blog. One can take an inspiration from Google Wonder Wheel or Feed Readers.

Editing requires proof reading. One should read post twice before publishing it. Also proper strategy is required to distributing content. There are various sites to distribute content. Sites like Stumbleupon, Ycombinator and Diggbrings lots of traffic to the blog.

Print Media Vs Blogging

There are lots of difference between print media and Blogging. There are lots of complicity involved in both the process. I am not telling anything about which is better. Both the sources have their own importance. But there are few points which distinguish online and offline media.

Conversation Blogging is also a conversation but there is very little conversation in Print media.

Punctuality is also a main reason, it is not necessary in blogging to publish a post daily but print media should deliver news daily.

Personal: Blogs are personal or it can be informal but print media must be formal.

Comments Comments is a feature in blog while in print media there is no comment involved.

When I started Blogging I was never serious about the process involved in the Blogging. I thought blogging is very easy but in reality punctuality is very necessary for delivering news through blogging. Blogging is emerging very fast in comparison to print media. There are lots of blogs delivering news very efficiently.

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7 Responses

  1. Really you have highlighted some of the very interesting facts that everyone never knows. thanks for sharing this information with us
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  2. Its all down to the comments, a blog can be a community, a place where we can directly reach the author and tell him our own views, something that lacks in every other news media. Ofcouse we can send letters to the editors of newspapers or magazine, call or sms tv channels and yet we know that many others do so and the rare few gets the opportunity to have heard.

    the comments section really makes a blog very different and a superior news platform.
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  3. You said that print media doesn’t have facility of commenting but it is not so.
    In todays scenario print media is also providing the comment facility on their editorial page articles. Reader can also give suggesion or his/her view which are published in next coming days. Although it is not so much effective and easy as in web journolism but they are doing every smart act what they can do to provide a genuine information or discussion to their readers.

  4. You have rightly put up the difference between the two. I totally agree with you on the point that blogger is an editor. (S)he decides what his/her readers would like to read which may not even be the case
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  5. Just see twitter a micro-blogging service. If you tweet about what happens around you then it becomes a great tool for broadcasting news. The blogger has been given the power but the question is
    Who and how many are listening to you????
    Blogging is surely moving towards journalism and this I can say is a bit of fortunate thing.
    On internet people are the source of news, they give their opinion about something, they decide what they want to know…..
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  6. None can say for sure who is a Blogger or Journalist?
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