Top Ten Blogs For Journalists

By Rachel Campbell, Louise Clark, Michael Gardiner, Cassie Doney, and Saoirse Docherty

Martin Belam  – This is a blog written by Martin Belam, a freelance journalist who has written for the BBC and The Guardian. It is useful because it contains his own opinions about how journalism is changing in relation to social media, which is interesting as it is an insider’s point of view.

BBC editors –  This is an inside view of how the BBC works. Instead of retelling news stories like some other blogs do, it tells you how the stories were brought together. It explains the news behind the news – the mtivation behind the stories. It also reports on changes going on inside the BBC, like the updated website. It also has reviews of the BBC by other people, but they are mainly all positive – this shows signs of possible bias. They also explain the technology they use, and this can help raise the bar for other journalists as they try to keep up with the BBC’s level of technology.

Perez Hilton  – This is a celebrity gossip website. It stands out from other similar sites because Perez Hilton is close to many celebrities and so has primary sources for all the gossip. All of the stories are celebrity orientated, so this is a downfall -there is no hard news content.

Huffington Post – This is basically a blog of other blogs. It seems quite like an online newspaper – a lot of the content is similar, for example there are some pure news stories and some opinion pieces, like in print journalism. This is useful for journalists as it possibly predicts what journalism will be like in the future if newspapers go primarily online.

Sky Blogs  – This is a section of Sky News in which members of the public can upload their own blogs. You can tag your blog according to which story you’re commenting which makes it easily searchable. This is useful as it shows the evolution and rise of citizen journalism.

Tumblr  – Tumblr can be useful for journalists, as it is a direct link to people and there is an ask box which may be useful for conducting online interviews. You can also reblog posts which allows people to reach a wider audience. However, you have to look through a lot of useless information to get to a blog that actually contains anything of value.

Poynter – This blog is a critique of the news. It examines how stories are covered and suggests how this has changed over the years. This would be useful for anyone looking to improve how they use sources and write the articles. It claims it can “help journalists do their job better”.

Truthdig  – This is another blog that examines the news. It contains reviews, and has several journalists posting to it.

Russia Today –  This news station has a blog section where Russian journalists post their opinion on the news. This is really interesting because it gives an alternative view – it may be influenced by te state government in Russia, but it often contradicts the BBC and other UK news coverage of stories which leads to some interesting questions as to who is telling the truth.

Gawker – This is a news and gossip site. It has a Perez Hilton-esque feel to it, seeing as it is a self-proclaimed gossip site, but it covers hard news instead of celebrity news. It is interesting as it covers mainstream and alternative news, but in a way that is different to coverage that you see in newspapers.

2 Responses

  1. Can you edit this – so that it has got proper links? Do you remember how to do this??

  2. Done now.

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