AP Recognizes Bloggers as News Sources - Finally

The Associated Press – the go-to organization for journalistic standards – has announced today that its staff will recognize bloggers as valid sources of news and credit them in their articles. This announcement comes from a smattering of policy changes designed to respond to “the age of the Web”, yet critics are raising their eyebrows at the seriously delayed timing of such a response to bloggers as respected media professionals. However, the fact that the AP recognizes bloggers – even if this recognition has already been given by many other respected media outlets – will likely give them more clout at events and more credence in their writing, two goals that bloggers have been fighting for since their early stages.

Bloggers have typically been looked down upon with disdain by traditional media, especially several years ago when the word blog was more synonymous with “journal” than “news source”.



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