8 Reasons Why a Blog is the New Newspaper

It’s sad, it’s upsetting, the era of rustling thin grey paper, ink smudges on your finger tips and using up your change at the local news stand on Saturday mornings are over.  But, out of sadness and ending always comes hope and new ideas.

With the death of the newspaper, comes the birth of the blog.

With the end of the newsroom journalist, comes the beginning of citizen journalists.

With the loss of the college journalism department, comes the gain of new media department.

Here comes the decade of the blog, and here is what to expect when…

Newspapers Die:

1. Grammar, spelling and vocab will get worse.

Yes, I am a professional blogger and I freely admit that I misspell, make typos, forget to proofread and use badder grammar all the time.  We should come to expect a little less polish from the new newspapers.  Yet, with a little less polish, comes a lot…

2. More Grit

You can bit that I write about my weight loss goals, my losses, my joys and my neuroses. And, hey, according to my readers, they are sorta fun to read (I could definitely not use ‘sorta’ in a newspaper).  When you do not have three publishers, major corporate backing and censors, you can get a lot more out there.  Welcome, grit.

3. Less Cool People

I couldn’t think of a better title for this reason.  If you are important, and The New York Times calls, you do the interview.  I wonder what will happen when there is no more New York Times.  Do we stop getting great quotes from important people on news.  If we have to get all of our news from blogs, do bloggers get to interview all of those important and relevant media personalities, celebrities, corporate entities and foreign diplomats?  I think not.  Maybe all of those people will just comment on their own blogs and we will go to read their thoughts directly…better/worse, I do not know, I think I would have preferred to read Chris Brown’s blog directly, instead of reading a quote from his lawyer after his ‘incident.’ (I know you are thinking, “ya right, as if he would write about it on his blog,”…hey if newspapers are burning to the ground, you never know what might come out of the ashes?).

4. More Depth

I have often spoken with newspaper and magazine reporters about how they sometimes get frustrated that they cannot write about the same topic too frequently.  If someone wrote an article about coupons in a down economy, they can’t run another article on a similar topic for at least 6 months (can someone send this memo to all of the teeny bopper magazines out there… I swear they run the same 7 stories over and over again).  On blogs, I do 6, 7, 8 part series delving deeper and deeper into the topics I cover.  I do this because there might be a new development, or readers demand more of an explanation, either way, the important topics need to run again and again, and they should not be limited to 650 words.  I can write as much as I dang please on this thing…ha, ha, you can’t escape (well you can, you could click off, but please don’t.)

5. More Choice

There are really only three places I get my paper news…The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times (don’t laugh, I live in LA, they sell them, like, everywhere).  Three choices? That is nothing for all of the news out there.  As more and more blogs are sprout and grow, there will be more choices for news hungry consumers.  And the best part, you can get it in many different ways.  If you are only interested in International Financial News (capitalized?), you can go to the blog of an International Financial Fanatic (is there such a thing?) or if you just want local news you can go to your resident snoops blog.  Yet, with all of this choice, comes…

6. Less Exposure

When I pick up the Wall Street Journal, I might only read a few interior articles based on my interest, but I do read the entire front page, even stories I am not particularly interested in.  This widens my exposure to topics and news stories I might skim or skip in an RSS feed (What is RSS and Why You Need It ).  So, I worry that having so many specialized blogs, might actually limit people’s exposure to new or different stories and news items.

7. Get Prepared

You know it is coming, or maybe it already has and your local paper is shot.  Here is what you can do so you do not go through news withdrawal:

-Get an RSS
-Read the Online Version- Go check out there are tons of your favorites that are all online
-Pick some favorite blogs.  Like mine! Because we know newspapers are ending, we now have a weekly newspost which is a round-up of all the news from around the web geared towards parents and families.

8. Unknown

When things die, there is change, and when there is change, there is growth, and were there is growth there is excitement.  I am very sad about the death of the newspaper (and soon the magazine), but while writing this article, I have realized that it means there is more excitement to come.

7 Responses to “8 Reasons Why a Blog is the New Newspaper”

  1. Charles Batchelor
    April 9, 2009 at 11:15 am #

    I just got back from a major newspaper conference and I didn’t hear anything more to the point about our industry than this.

    But, one additional point needs to be made: Newspapers still have a huge audience. And their audiences have a lot of clout. Decision-makers still read newspapers. Leaders still read newspapers. They find they must to keep up on what is being said and done.

  2. mrs zeee
    April 9, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    Viva La Digital!

  3. Vanessa Van Petten
    April 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm #


    Great point! Thank you for adding that, I hope there are still the staples that will be around!


  4. virtual worlds for kids
    April 13, 2009 at 3:12 am #

    I kinda believe that blog is the new newspaper.. but i don’t really think that newspaper and magazine will go to an end. because there’s still groups of people out there that prefer newspaper and magazines to blogs somehow.
    anyway, it’s an interesting article read!

  5. Brendan Murphy
    April 16, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    First you must read this article on the end of newspapers. http://www.shirky.com/weblog/2009/03/newspapers-and-thinking-the-unthinkable/

    Second, I both agree and disagree. In my own post on this same topic I focus on a few different points. http://philosophywithoutahome.blogspot.com/2009/04/end-of-newspapers.html

    I think the quality news will rise to the top. Quality news blogs will have; well researched articles, clear references to sources, and will have quality writing (even if a few typos slip through).

    At least I hope they do, if not then other other option is opinion blogs.

    It all depends on if we as readers can learn to read critically and demand quality as high or higher as the New York Times.

  6. keymntak
    May 5, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    emm… luv it )

  7. Vanessa Van Petten
    May 7, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    thank you!

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