There’s a certain technique in news writing that differentiates a genuine news story from a blog. Just wanting to “share your ideas” does not a journalist make. Actual journalism writing would include:
•getting interviews and or quotes from multiple sources
•understanding the inverted pyramid
• knowing how to write a clear, concise lead
•knowing how to get all the who, what, why, when, where, and how into the article
•knowing how to corroborate your sources
• and presenting more than one viewpoint.
• Also, keeping one’s own personal opinion OUT of the story.
Just starting a blog and waxing poetic about anything and everything is not journalism. That’s just essay writing, basically. I get really annoyed when I hear people referring to anyone who writes something as a journalist. Bill Maher is not a journalist; he’s a comedian. Michael Moore is not a journalist; he’s a documentarian. People like that, while they may write about current events and they may present their opinions about those events, they are under no obligation to present a fair and balanced piece of writing. An actual journalist should be. Just because someone is on TV and either reading the news or talking about the news, that doesn’t make them a journalist. Just because someone is “published” on the internet does not mean they have reporter skills and understand exactly how to find and chase down a news story and present it in a fair and unbiased way, with corroborated, verified sources.
Upon preview, what blasto9000 said.