What is the difference between a media outlet and a blog?
For the purposes of this post, a blog is a news reporting or political or social issue blog. Not stuff like knitting and cooking.
The difference is not as simple as may seem on the surface. A media outlet reports the news and (sometimes) delves deeper into issues and causes and investigates. Doesn’t a blog do the same thing?
On the other hand, a blog is (usually a single) a person’s opinion, ostensibly based at least in part on fact and actual events and/or issues. But, given the bias so widely demonstrated by the media, isn’t that essentially what they’re doing, too?
Ok, media outlets are usually established and send people to events and locations editors and such for review prior to publication, and a blogger is often sitting at home viewing media outlets as their source, but other than that, I’m not seeing a whole lot of difference between the two, at least in terms of output and what we the public sees. Both media outlets and bloggers have examples that are credible and examples that are not, so either way you still need to do your own due diligence. Just because it’s one or the other does not automatically establish or discount credibility simply because of which one they are.
Really, blogging may well be “the new media”.