What the hell ever happened to just blogging for blogging's sake?
I'm soured by a recent observation in which someone was using their newspaper reader blog for personal gain, with the audacity to call herself a "correspondent" for that paper. Oh really? She wanted to be invited to a client party and called herself a "correspondent" with the premise of covering the party as an item.
I've considered why this faux title pisses me off so:
-It's not ethical
-It steps on the clearly set rules of the paper
-It misleads people (my crew is a little smarter than that, however) you're a reporter
I worked several years for two newspapers (on staff and freelance), both huge public companies. Let me tell ya something: Reporters make shit for the most part. Good benes is about it. The rare fame they get is attached to their by-line. They go to school and learn AP style. They work long hours and sweat deadlines. They ask hard questions and take a lot of crud from agenda-setters.
For some media-posing princess to come along with a reader blog and try to FRONT as a correspondent (don't give me that line about people not knowing what a blog is) and use this status to get into a party is a discredit to actual media. There is no style, panache or class that comes with being a phony. A blog is a blog. It is chock full of pathos and opinion and yes, fact, but it is NOT part of the newspaper's content unless the word STAFF is attached to your title.
Bloggers who cross the line: ditch the self-entitlement. We like you for who you are, not your false image.