Blogs as “news” or “news resources” is still a hotly debatable point. Most blogs merely rehash the news with opinions and conjecture. A few actually report the news though, which challenges the fine line between “blogger” and “journalist”. The line is now fairly blurry as journalists are blogging and bloggers are hunting, investigating, researching, and delivering the news.
The part that bothers most professionals is that journalists have a fairly solid code of ethics and standards, as well as policies in place to protect and defend their rights. Bloggers don’t. They have freedom of speech, but even that is debatable as freedom of speech is not a “right” in many countries around the world. Speaking out can get you killed.
Still, including blogs in the news search pages definitely increase blog search engine coverage. It should prove interesting.
- Modern Crusader: Plagiarism Today with Jonathan Bailey
- Ethan Zuckerman: Blog Anonymously with WordPress.com
- Freedom of Speech – Bloggers Legal Rights
- Reporters Without Borders – Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents
- Delaware Supreme Court Extend First Amendment Protection to Online Comments
- Just a Reminder About Freedom: Blogging Comes With a Price
- 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Blog
- Blogging Threatened by Impending Legislation – Be Warned and Be Armed
- Imprisonment for Annoying People Online
- Big Brother, Government, Corporations, and Perverts May Be Reading Your Blog
- US Federal Protection for Political Bloggers
- Michael Crichton – Freedom of Speech vs. Patented Speech
- The Committee to Protect Bloggers – Risking Your Life for Your Words
- Bloggers Make a Difference – Taking On The Auto Industry
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