Thomas Jefferson on blogging and journalism

Dan Bricklin’s Log asks Are bloggers journalists? Looking to history. “There has been a lot written about Apple going after bloggers and the question about whether or not bloggers have the same protections that journalists do. I just saw a little different answer… My next door neighbor Chris Daly is an Associate Professor who teaches journalism at Boston University. Previously, he has been the New England correspondent for the Washington Post, a features writer, and an AP editor. On the web he is best known as the main idea person behind the old Good Documents website that I created back in 1999 that was quite popular at Netscape and around the web.”

“He just weighed in with an essay titled Are Bloggers Journalists? Let’s Ask Thomas Jefferson. I found his perspectives helpful.”

Read Dan’s commentary here, including links to the original essay.

I thought the distinction between reporting and journalism was an important one – the former one is “just the facts” while the latter includes opinion enforced by facts.

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