I think that a journalist is a person who is paid to write and bloggers are valuable for they tackle issues ignored by mainstream media. Most bloggers come from various backgrounds, not like journalist, and bloggers write about various subjects from a personal opinion, unless they are experts in their field and writing about their industry, then it could be classified as a professional opinion. As a result, the internet is so free that anyone can blog but most are personal subjective and not professional objective opinions; in which, that is why journalists should try to be fair instead of biased. Journalists should make great efforts to not be biased because they obtain their status from the first amendment and the public’s right to know which is probably why they do not need a license to practice journalism. Therefore, that means that someone who is a journalist is a person who is paid to write and will need a publisher that has examined and approved his/her written material. For example, the material may be well written or it may not be and it may be factually accurate or it may be open to questions. Just because a person writes a letter to the editor of a newspaper does not make that person a news commentator and the same goes for posting a note on one’s office bulletin board does not make that person a company spokesperson. Now, a well written blog may draw some readers’ interest, but that doesn’t make the blogger a journalist because they may only be an articulate writer with an interesting and reasonable perspective on something. There is an interdependency bloggers and journalists have between each other; in which, bloggers do influence the news and influence what’s happening and give a whole lot of free publicity. On the other hand, journalists are always looking for that next story and have seen many of them stealing ideas and content from top bloggers. I mean all bloggers are not journalists because the distinction I suppose is adhering to those journalistic standards like ethics and proper acknowledgment. Overall, I think people should speak what is in their mind and also believe that what makes the differences between bloggers and journalists is simply bloggers works for themselves.