Friday, August 11, 2006

65% Don't See Their Blogging as Journalism

A little factoid posted at Richard Prince's Journal-isms:

"A new, national phone survey of bloggers finds that most are focused on describing their personal experiences to a relatively small audience of readers and that only a small proportion focus their coverage on politics, media, government, or technology," the Pew Internet and American Life Project reported today.

"About 34 percent see their blogging as a form of journalism; 65 percent disagreed. Just over a third of bloggers said they engage often in journalistic activities such as verifying facts and linking to source material," Reuters added in a story headlined, "Storytelling, Not Journalism, Propels Most Blogs."

"Related surveys by the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that the blog population has grown to about 12 million American adults, or about 8% of adult internet users and that the number of blog readers has jumped to 57 million American adults, or 39% of the online population," the Pew news release continued."

Check out the rest of the report here.

Question: Do the survey's results surprise you?


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