With everything that is going on with all the media outlets in the world questions have arisen, questions about journalism and what it entails. Some claim that anyone that writes, regardless of their background, whether it’s for a magazine or a blog is a journalist. While others claim it’s someone that has higher education, established themselves, and has written many articles. Are either of these sides correct in what they’re saying? What does this mean for action sports?
The dictionary defines journalism as; someone who is in the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing or broadcasting news or of conducting any news organization as a business. That definition gives a broad look at the scope of being a journalist. It pretty much covers anything from blogs, to websites, to print media. If these were the standards everyone could call themselves a journalist.
Looking at another definition we’re given this; The style of writing characteristic of material in newspapers and magazines, consisting of direct presentation of facts or occurrences with little attempt at analysis or interpretation. For the most part this gets rid of the idea that bloggers are journalists as they’re prone to putting their personal spin on the topics they write about. This definitely showcases more of the Walter Cronkite aspect of news telling.
Somewhere in the middle of both of these definitions lies the truth of what being a journalist is. Web 2.0 makes it an interesting time with where our information can come from. You have multiple sources churning out different styles on various topics. The ultimate benefit is multiple viewpoints on topics.
But like any positive there is a downside. We live in a celebrity obsessed culture, everyone wants their moment in the sun. The Bloggosphere gives people their 15 minutes of fame, even to the point they become their internet persona. This raises the issue of are they a journalist or more an exhibitionist? Ultimately this is for you to decide.
Just like with any industry Action Sports deals with these issues on multiple levels. Whether it’s the upper echelons of brand recognition with a magazine or to the grass roots level of internet communities. The power to control it lies in the hands of the readers, they are the ones that need to encourage and promote the better writers. Only then will a higher tier of journalists prevail.
Posted by Avran on Thursday, May 14th, 2009 in Industry.