Interesting article on CNN about the impact bloggers have on politics. Bloggers are quoted saying they need to work on their trust to be respected as journalists. I disagree - I don't believe bloggers are going to ever be respected as journalists or replace traditional journalism; fact checking and confirming news is a role the media will continue to play...as well as knowing whether to include semi-colons, dashes, dots or commas...something I've never been good at. Bloggers will continue to focus on speed and surfacing stories, and the traditional media will ferret out the facts and report something everyone (except the paranoid) can trust.
Blogger can develop their own trust by developing a new set of checks and balances. Robert Scoble at Microsoft talks about thinking through his posts first from the perspective of his boss, his mother, Bill Gates, and...I think there was a fourth but can't remember (his audience?). Works for me. You can also describe your own experience rather than representing events as facts.
Having a typewriter doesn't make you a great writer. Having a blog doesn't make you a journalist. I've developed an appreciation of how hard it must be to be a good journalist! My respect has certainly deepened since I started this blog...
Maybe there are some former journalists who blog now and are held to journalistic standards. Maybe some A-list bloggers have this issue. But thinking it's possible to raise the blogging community to journalistic standards misses the point of blogs.