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Incredibly, the State Department has just released a comprehensive primer on journalism.  You can read it here.   This is a concise but very useful overview of the field.

Today, the line between traditional journalism and blogging has become blurred.  Blog sites provide news.  And traditional journalism sites are adopting blogging styles.

It’s a trend that requires readers to be wary:  Blogs are not journalistic sites.  They are journals.  Getting your news as fact from a blog is not the best idea, unless you take it as one opinion out of many.  And, of course, outright belief in much of the news you read is also dangerous.  You need to make up your own mind about what you read and see — not through the filter of someone else.

Alex Eckelberry
(Hat tip)