Joi Ito has some observations about bloggers and journalists that are, on the whole, spot on.
Bloggers are a diverse group, defined not so much by their motivations and modus operandi as by their use of a common set of tools and conventions. Comparing many of us to news reporters is comparing apples and oranges. At the same time, some bloggers do perform the same function as news reporters. While few bloggers get paid, and it's therefore not surprising that there are only a handful doing significant original reporting, bloggers already excel at some kinds of investigative reporting. And one area where bloggers consistently outperform traditional journalists is in citing their sources and pointing readers to the source material for further investigation. Journalists could certainly learn from bloggers in this area.
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