One of the things I love most about my job is my exposure to social media. This topic was something that I practiced in college and has had the opportunity to continue practicing and exploring social media.
My co-workers and I had the opportunity to join a local blogger event in Seattle and meet community bloggers and local writers. The event was at a local jazz bar, The Lucid, down by University Avenue. The event was hosted by Jason Preston of Eat Sleep Publish and set the environment for a collaboration of bloggers and forward-thinking journalists to discuss the future of information and news sourcing. One of the main discussions focused around whether or not blogs are preferred over dailies in regards to hyper-local news.
This forum ties back to a centralized concept that dailies are losing their personal connection with readers as they often cover stories upon request. Bloggers on the other hand, choose to write about certain topics and devote their time into investigating and informing their readers.
I’m not quite sure as to how things will eventually sort out, but I do see this currently clear division between dailies and blogs slowly fading. College graduates sought after top-tier publications for the status, opportunity and credibility. When blogs first began it wasn’t taken as seriously as it was accessible to anyone; There was no status or qualification needing to be met. However, things have changed as blogging has become more prominent and a desired skill set. Now more than ever, students are learning the caliber of top-tier writing, while learning how to blog and leverage their social media skills. I have to wonder if the same level of expectation will soon transcend into the blogosphere? I know there are some credible bloggers and careers are being created to accommodate this skill set, but will this continue? Or will so many people join this blogosphere, that it won’t even seem like a unique or desired skill?
Will dailies still maintain their reputation or will they fade as consumers begin shifting their access to information to the internet?
I’m interested on the future of these journalism sources and I am thankful that I was able to attend The Pitch to further investigate.