Rosie’s presentation

She led to the gathering of all of our information and she put the slides together.

Her focus was on the negative side of Journalism and the challenges that journalists face as a result of Blogs.

First she looked at some statistics that showed how blogging has increased in popularity in the last number of years. She highlighted that a PEW internet study in 2006 showed that
73 % of all internet users get their news from the internet.
 8 % of internet users, or about 12 million American adults, keep a blog .
9 % or about 57 million American adults read blogs.

Another recent study that she looked at found that of the 142 daily newspaper websites sampled nationally, the percentage offering blogs doubled from 33% in 2005 to 61% in 2006

She looked at how Blogging is presenting an increasing challenge to journalism and how the rise in citizen journalism is threatening traditional news values.

She identified that a major problem with blogs is there lack of moderation. People can say what they like. But how can we trust such sources? There have even been cases of people making up stories just to increase the traffic flow to their site. We must ask ourselves can we rely on the information that these bloggers provide us with?

Another problem she saw that many people have found with blogging is that it is like a parasitic medium. Many bloggers are creating sites that ‘feed off’ credible journalists.

She also questioned the credibility of blogs “Journalism is based on fact but many blogs are based on opinion.”

Dave then elaborated on some of these points with reference to a particular reading.

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