Is blogging a form of journalism?
That question is being batted about in DC because of a decision by the federal court to reserve seats for two bloggers to sit among “regular” reporters at the trial of Scooter Libby beginning next week.
The discussion of the journalistic status of bloggers is interesting enough but it was a survey that accompanied the article that caught my eye.
Researchers found that about one third of the bloggers questioned identify themselves as journalists and then asked whether they were abiding by five specific journalistic practices.
Spend extra time verifying facts
Quote other people directly
Get permission to post copyrighted material
Include links to original source material
You can debate all day about whether reporters and/or bloggers should be doing all those thing.
To me, the list reads like a list of ethical skills we should be teaching all students, whether they work online or not.