Can an enthusiast blogger generate the level of experience and credibility of a card-carrying journalist?
In part 2 of our series on journalism, newspapers, and the new media, we look at a comparison of bloggers and professional journalists. The question, recently voiced with strong emotion by David Simon (film producer and former reporter for the Baltimore Sun), asks whether or not bloggers can adequately research and write on topics traditionally reported on by professional journalists.
In a powerful speech given to the National Press Corps in Washington DC, Simon expressed concern that the art of reporting, performed by professional journalists, is being lost. This is partly the result of local newspapers being shut down, or with local news being replaced by wire service content.