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October 24, 2008

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Couple key things to remember here. First, the definition of "reporter" is in a state of flux -- probably more so than at any time since news reporting was professionalized. It's totally possible that "blogger" will become universally recognized as just another non-remarkable journalistic role in short order (and some would argue that this is already happening).

Second, lots of news orgs (mostly larger orgs -- i.e., not local TV stations) have always made a distinction between news-gathering and news-writing. There's also the concept of analysis and opinion, which is totally journalistic, although some uninformed people try to argue that it isn't. (These people usually make their opinions known when you say something they disagree with.) The point is that all of the members of this food chain may correctly call themselves "journalists".

Finally, Brittney, as a pioneer, your situation is fairly unique, so you should have the most say about your role, your job title, and where you fit in.

I get what you're saying, you aren't out collecting "news". What you're saying is you aren't a "reporter" but your job perfectly fits the definition of a journalist. You're good at it, and you shouldn't hesitate to call yourself one.

Journalism:

2 a: writing designed for publication in a newspaper or magazine b: writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation c: writing designed to appeal to current popular taste or public interest

"We sift through hundreds of sites on a daily basis, offering up links to and commentary on the brightest, funniest, most engaging posts made by local bloggers, while providing a place to interact and converse about the issues of the day." - Eye On Blogs

You "sift through" and "offer up" (edit) and "offer commentary" (write) on the "most engaging posts" (appealing to public interest).

It may not be Pulitzer work but you do gather information (which blogs said what) for a major news outlet for dissemination to the public, and sometimes offer commentary on those posts. Sounds like a journalist to me.

I think it's easier just to think of being a writer who occasionally practices journalism. You can dabble in whatever forms suit your piece.

Well, I can at least say that I watch KPIX in the morning because of you, or maybe because of the traffic ladies bust size. Either way, I did initially tune to them in hopes of better ratings...more revenue...lasting Brittney employment.

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