Stehen Cohen in his blog comments:
The false dichotomy of the schism between the professional journalists, journalism educators and academics and the world of new media, particularly as embodied by bloggers prevails. It seems largely perpetuated by a somewhat chauvinistic attitude on the part of some professional journalists who cling to the notion that a blogger, no matter how good a writer and reporter of information that they might be, is still something to be looked down upon as a non-professional by large parts of the profession of journalism.
This attitude was brought home particularly strongly by The Australian’s Jane Schulze who evidenced a particularly disdainful attitude towards bloggers, and Deakin University’s Stephen Quinn, who was surprised when I exploded from the audience with a vehement “yes” to his question whether, if an “amateur”, doing the same work and equipped with the tools of a journalist, ought to be considered to be doing journalism without having been properly trained, authorised and edited.
It is true that the functional discourse – you work for money – struggles to comprehend bloggers.