What makes a journalist?


That’s a valid question. I report news for a living (seriously, I get paid for being on STN’s directors board!) and I follow the journalist’s code of ethics. I think that makes me a journalist.

At the same time, there are a million bloggers like me out there “reporting” news. Does that make them journalists? I’m not yet out of school. Am I a “citizen journalist”? And why do so many professional journos hate that term? Citizen journalists can help out, they can teach us new things that maybe we never thought of before.

Maybe they’re not professional, but who’s to say they’re wrong?


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