So here’s an interesting twist on the blogs-as-journalism meme (my second in a week, no less): I maintain a blog about a presidential campaign. In that blog, I keep an outline which is an up-to-date archive of the major articles about the candidate. It generates a lot of traffic, and I’ve received quite a bit of positive feedback about it.
Yesterday I received an e-mail from a journalist who’d written an article about the candidate, just to make sure that I included the article in the archive. Heh.
I don’t think the “are blogs journalism” question is really all that important. From my point of view, those who blog are an enormous resource for journalists. And vice versa. In a content-rich environment (like, oh, the Internet), both play a vital role. Some journalists may see that as a threat. Fortunately, an increasing number don’t.