Interesting piece on the difference between blogging and journalism, from someone in the latter trade:

Thing is this. There are tabloid rags that sully the name of reporting, and there are informed, articulate blogs that raise this medium to a far more rarefied level. But there is still a distinction. Primarily this: that newspapers have to check their sources. Even on the shoddiest of student papers, contributions do at least get edited by another pair of eyes. Bloggers have no such constraints. Yes, I believe that is an important distinction.

While some personal experience of the smaller trade publishers out there suggests that this is an optimistic opinion, it’s still a point well made. And I say that as a former editor of a shoddy student newspaper.