Bloggers in the News

I just saw that the MSM is talking about this BlogNashville convention today. It has been a great time…

Bloggers — those Internet-based writers without rules — are fighting back against criticism that their work is unreliable, libelous or just poorly done. More than 300 bloggers came to town Friday for a two-day conference that was heavy on teaching techniques used by journalists in what bloggers term “the mainstream media.” One class taught students how to access and analyze government statistics.

Conference organizer Bill Hobbs called blogging “citizen journalism.”

“If freedom of the press belongs to those who have the press, then blogging expands ownership of the press,” Hobbs said.

Right now, more than 8 million people write blogs, said Bob Cox, president of the Media Bloggers Association. Blogs, short for Web logs, are running commentaries on whatever their authors are interested in. Content often focuses on politics or media criticism and usually includes feedback from readers…

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