SPJ’s Quill: Blogging: what is it? And how has it affected the media?

Several blogs posted first-person accounts and photos of the tsunami hitting land. Others posted useful information about relief efforts. All offered partial solace to people throughout the world wondering if friends or family made it out alive.

“These are bloggers. This is journalism. Raw, unedited, but still journalism,” said Jonathan Dube, MSNBC.com managing producer and publisher of Cyberjournalist.net.

Dube, whose Cyberjournalist Web site focuses on how the Internet, media convergence and new technologies are changing journalism, keeps a tab on bloggers’ tsunami coverage in addition to the dynamic nature of blogs in general. However, the growing power of blogs has not been confined to only those versed in online journalism; mainstream media organizations such as the Christian Science Monitor, the BBC and even the vaunted New York Times have been swept into the “blogosphere.”

Dube said his tally of blogs on news sites has grown from just two a few years ago to more than 200 on sites spanning the globe. He said it’s clear that news organizations have realized that blogs are a valuable form for publishing news and commentary online….

http://www.cyberjournalist.net–Jonathan Dube publishes this blog, which tracks the many changes in the media and Internet. This is probably one of the most comprehensive sites on blogs and journalism available on the Internet, with lists of blogs written by journalists; a blog on blogs’ impact on journalism and many tips and comments on how the Internet (and blogs) can be used as a reporting tool. Cyberjournalist also is part of the Media Center at the American Press Institute.