Early next week, Reuters will be hosting a debate called "Blogs and the Media Debate." The main points of conversation are to include: Are bloggers journalists? Should they be afforded the same rights as journalists? And do blogs have a vital role in the national debate? I think the answers are no, no and yes. Perhaps it's naive, but I still think that being a journalist means being a little more than a guy walking in off the street who can put together coherent words into sentences. I am not saying that all bloggers are this type of man, but the ease of registering for this LiveJournal and the total lack of supervision tells me that there is something inherently different about journalists and bloggers. HOWEVER, I think that bloggers do hold a position in the national debates. I always think back to the last presidential election. I would wager there were as many bloggers speaking on MSNBC as there were political pundits.
However, I can't quite get my hands around the blogger situation and how much it has changed journalism no matter what I think of it. Any ideas to share?