We had a great "Birds of a Feather" meeting after ICCAD last evening. Sean Murphy did a superb job organizing and running the meeting. We had a good turnout of bloggers, wannabee bloggers, journalists, consultants, PR folks. Two of the topics that generated a spirited discussion were
- Are individual bloggers and "corporate" bloggers in different categories? Some in the audience felt that corporate bloggers must feel constraints from their corporate sponsor. Most of the corporate bloggers asserted that they were in fact independent, and could write what they wanted.
- What's the difference between a journalist and a blogger?
This can be debated from many directions.
It was even part of a Supreme Court case!
From my perspective, they are different.
Although journalists can also blog,
independent (and part-time) bloggers such as myself find great benefit in dedicated, professional journalism.
Many of my posts riff on articles from EETimes or EDN, for example.
A typical blogger is more like a columnist than a reporter. It's essential to recognize and respect the difference between objective reporting (fair and balanced!) and the offering of opinions.
For the record, here's the "lightning talk" presentation that I gave. I thought I'd share it with my readers, and it's also a chance to try out this slick new Slideshare widget for embedding presentations.