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I am currently a web reporter for an online website. We are called somehow "freelance", i think it's the right spelling. I've been writing since two years now and i can call myself a journalist because i am reporting on news, fresh news from the ground.

Again, i am running my own, personal blog where i post everything coming to my mind, my daily life and some special info that i want to give to the public. It's a newest one and non professional at all :). See my blog here. So i am also a blogger!

But i always ask myself what's the actual difference between a web journalist and a blogger? These words makes some confusion in my mind. I think both have the same role, writing and informing.

Here is what i think about it.

When blogging, you don't have to tell fresh news, breaking news or whatever. I think when blogging, you can relate your own stuffs, what you did your day long and inform your readers. It's something like socializing with your readers. As some social media, you are not allowed to post long texts, then you can use a blog to relate that.

A web journalist instead, will not talk about himself but he will be informing about what's going on around. He will be focused on their editorial line. For example with my org, Now AfriCAN, we are reporting about sucessful actions, activities currently taking place in Africa, trying to give a good image of Africa. We call people Heroes because they succeded in their currently work. The name of the organization speaks for itself : Now Africa CAN (Now AfriCAN).

I was aking a question and i am getting to answer myself :). But i would like to know your thoughts about this. Who is a blogger and who's a web journalist?

Arsene Tungali,

Rudi International

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Comment by Arsene Tungali on July 3, 2012 at 9:14am

thank you all for your contributions

Comment by Mary Murphy on July 2, 2012 at 12:50pm

Hi Arsene - I think the key difference between a journalist and a blogger is that the former reports the facts without opinion while the latter is 'permitted' to have an opinion. There's an interesting blog post on it here.

In general, the key difference between bloggers and journalists is one of process. Bloggers tend to offer opinion and analysis that links to news stories reported by mainstream media (see Pew report), while professional journalists tend to gather and report facts and opinion from expert sources.

The journalistic process typically requires finding a fact or premise, and then determining the veracity of that fact or premise by verifying it with multiple sources before reporting and attributing it. Blogging has no such requirement or expectation; all one needs is a blog, which is defined primarily by format: A Web page or site comprised of a series of posts that typically appear in reverse chronological order, which may include links, commentary, multimedia content, and a way for readers to comment.

 

Interesting subject... food for thought

Comment by Sheba Mohammid on June 29, 2012 at 2:38pm

This is a fascinating topic Arsene. The lines of traditional forms of expression are being blurred with new media enabling new roles that may have multiple dimensions. 

Comment by Mayengo Tom Kizito on June 29, 2012 at 11:37am

Thank you Arsene,

Just as you have mentioned, a blogger will often tell the readers about his/her life, discoveries, and thoughts and in most cases bloggers quote other media houses.

On the other hand the Web journalists will information as raw as received from the source. The source might be a mouth or an activity.

This is my thought though.

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