Monday, August 17, 2009

A Case Study in Blogging vs. Traditional Journalism

A local twist on the "blog" vis-a-vis "traditional journalism" topic

Inasmuch as it's again another tediously slow Emerald City news day, we thought we'd bring up an item which has been sitting on our back burner for almost a week. Over the course of the 4+ years we've been publishing Weber County Forum, we've discussed the role of bloggers vis-a-vis the traditional media many times. We broached the topic most recently here; and our readers can peruse a few of our earlier articles here, here, here and here.

In this connection, we'll provide a link to a most excellent article which appeared on Dan Schroeder's "Dan's Diary" blog last week, which drills right down to the local angle, and further analyzes how the roles of the "traditional news source" and the "blog" differ, right here in Emerald City:
A Case Study in Blogging vs. Traditional Journalism
As an added bonus, Dan and Curm provide an interesting discussion in the article comments section. It's a very interesting read indeed.

And don't forget to chime in with your own 2¢. We believe it might be enlightening to hear our gentle readers' own impressions of the Std-Ex's and WCF's comparative information media roles.

Don't be shy people. Let us know (the Std-Ex and WCF alike) what you think we (and the Standard-Examiner) are doing right... and wrong.


Candy said...

I get my blog news for free and if the standard wants my business they better start to compete with free.

googlegirl said...

A Blogger's Manifesto

Biker Babe said...


I like the idea someone gave a while back -- donating some to WCF for the better news and more in-depth discussion than is provided by the SE

just sayin


Milt said...

This isn't a complicated question at all.

Weber County Forum has the guts to take on the crooked Godfrey administration.

The Standard-Examiner doesn't.

End of story.

So which news source are you going to trust?

Curmudgeon said...


Don't trust either unless what appears is backed by included evidence. This goes for the SE's editorials and op-ed pieces, and posts here on WCF [mine included].

What any news and public discussion outlet of any kind ought to embrace as its operating principle is this: Question authority. Always. Make what it claims stand up, when examined, on the evidence.

There are bumper stickers that say that " Question Authority!". WCF ought to sell them. So should the SE [after giving one to every new hire.]

RudiZink said...

Well... actually Curm... Bumper stickers with that basic message are actually already available online... and we do sell them through the site:

Question Authority bumper stickers

Check out the Amazon bumper sticker ad in our left sidebar too.

Curmudgeon said...


LOL. I meant the ones that say just question authority --- without the "Ask me anything." LOL

RudiZink said...

Picky, picky, picky.

You never heard about black magic marker?


ozboy said...

Back in the day in LA one of our mantras was: Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see.

Anonymous said...

Belief is the death of intelligence. One can live a complete life, without believing anything. I personally don't believe anything, but I have many suspicions.

So what "is" belief?
"Is," "is." "is" — the idiocy of the word haunts me. If it were abolished, human thought might begin to make sense. I don't know what anything "is"; I only know how it seems to me at this moment.

Marion B. said...

Welcome back Sven, er RJ!

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