The Relationship between Blogging and Journalism

The relation between Blogging and Journalism varies over different sources and styles of publishing. There are both similarites and differences between blogging and journalism.

For example both can be used as a form of communication and interaction potentially on a global scale. However many forms of journalism may focus on a specific field and have a key interest and knowledge of the subject in question. While Blogs can also focus on a specific field it is primarily used as a personal and opinionated form of communication and the individual has the freedom to express their own opinion.

Bloggers  distrust journalists as usually the publication that the journalist is working for has an agenda so there reporting may be bias and some information could be restricted. It is argued that transparency is more important than objectivity in journalism and blogging. This is a view I agree with as when as a reader you understand the sources the author uses and the reasons why they have published their article it is considered a more reliable and believable piece of writing. Whilst if it is clear they have an objective and agenda without any transparency for sources then  you immediately start to question the article.. You also question whether it is bias for any reason other than a personal agenda.

Many well known journalists and broadcasters also decide to produce blogs for example newsreader Jon Snow. Many journalists decide to do this as usually they are restricted when working for their publication or corporation. Although Jon Snow and the other journalists do still need to maintain a certain image and respectability, blogging does allow them to enforce their own opinion more and comment on stories that are of particular interest to them. Blogging also forms a potential path of communication through comments from the audience.




Geoffrey Manton building
Geoffrey Manton building

At Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) I have all my lectures but one in the Geoffrey Manton building.

The building contains many lecture theatres which are usually clearly marked by the number of the theatre. The building itself also has a cantine and various vending machines for food and drink. I particularly like the large space on the groundfloor of the building as this allows you somewhere to eat and drink during breaks from lectures and lab sessions.

Furthermore, the building is in an ideal location for me. It is ideal as my accomodation is only around a 10 minute walk from the building. This allows me to leave my halls relatively late compared to others who have to take various modes of public transport to arrive on time for each lesson. In addition to this the building is also opposite several food outlets such as Subway meaning there is an easy option for food during lunch breaks.

To help with registration and completing work the building also offers free Wi-Fi. This not only allows me to complete online registration for each session but also enables me to check email and various social media during breaks from work.


Social Media

The most common forms of social media I use are Facebook and Twitter. I have used both sites for a number of years but how I use Facebook has changed since the introduction of Twitter.

I used to use Facebook and update my status, however now I rarely post a status and tend to just use Facebook to interact with my friends and family that don’t live near. I use Twitter to keep up to date with news (mainly sporting) and offer brief updates and opinions on events and interests in my life.

I prefer Twitter to Facebook due to the constant updates of news and opinions you can receive. You can also choose people who interest you to follow and interact with people you might not usely be able to.

I often use Facebook for contacting my friends as only a few of my friends have a twitter account. I find it is easier to message quickly to a large group of people on Facebook at once rather than tweet or direct message people individually on Twitter.

Twitter: davejmcnair