An Age-Old Question Answered

Writing in the Boston Globe today, Peter S. Canellos, the paper’s D.C. bureau chief, examines the ramifications of the Jeff Gannon’s story–the first all-cyber Washington scandal. He writes “online journalism’s ability to transmit loaded anecdotes, images, and symbols to specialty audiences with an ideological hunger for them has helped create a culture in which all news comes with quotation marks around it.”

Given that, perhaps the numbers out of the UConn poll released yesterday shouldn’t be surprising. While admitting that the internet as a whole has changed and improved journalism, the 300 TV and newspaper reporters polled appear to have a pretty low opinion of online journalism and bloggers.

Internet Made Journalism Better?
Better 61%
Worse 18
No difference 13

Should Blogs Have Same First Amendment Protections As Print?
Yes 85%
No 10

Rate News Coverage Of Blogs:
Excellent/good 11%
Fair/poor 73

Consider Blogs A News Source?
Yes 32%
No 59

Are Bloggers Real Journalists Even If They May Not Follow Ethical Standards?
Are real journalists 13%
Are not journalists 75

Blogs Changed Journalism?
A lot/Some 53%
A little/not at all 14

So there you have the answer to all of those panels from the past six months: According to journalists, bloggers aren’t one of them.