Saturday, October 13, 2007

E-zines and Blogs

After looking at the following websites:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3032542/site/newsweek/ -a news and current event related e-zine, and http://theconservativepost.com/WordPress/index.php -a political news related blog; I have gained a bit more knowledge on how different these two sources of information are from one another.
First of all, compared to the news related blog, the e-zine website presented information in a more professional and effective manner. When reading the newsweek e-zine, it was quite clear that its goal is to inform readers on certain issues and events, without giving any personal opinions on the matter. This is done by providing factual information and accurate quotes, which are intended to inform readers on the topic, rather than persued them. The political news and current event related blog on the other hand, seemed more concerned with expressing the bloggers views and opinions on certain political topics—often in a comical manner.

Which was easier to find on the Internet?

Overall, I found that there was a greater selection of news and current event related blogs over e-zines.

Which was easier to read?

Although the news related blog was very well written, I found the e-zine to be much easier to read.

Did they both cover the same current events?

The two sources didn’t really cover the same current events. The e-zine, for example, covered a wide variety of events for people to choose from; while the news related blog mostly covered topics that might only be of interest to conservatives.

Did you feel they were credible or trustworthy?

I definitely found the news related e-zine to be both credible and trustworthy. The articles were written by professional journalists, who would include several quotes in there articles. I found the news blog to be partially credible and trustworthy, excluding the personal opinions of the blogger. Although most of his articles were based on factual information, he or she would often write in a manner that seemed more opinion based.

Would you be more likely to feel a print source such as a newspaper or magazine was more credible than a blog? Than an e-zine? Why?

Yes, I do feel that a print source such as a newspaper or magazine is more credible than a blog. Unlike bloggers, print sources typically assign stories to their professional staff of writers, who are expected to write credible articles. E-zines are very similar to these print sources in that they are also written by credible sources, who don’t try to persued readers with their own thoughts and opinions.
On a scale of 1 to 5 my research material supports my original thesis at about a 4.

1 comment:

scott said...

Andrea,

First, let me thank you for visiting my blog for your school project.

Hopefully your teacher won't give you a bad grade because you visited a conservative site... After all, consorting with conservatives can be grounds for expulsion on many American campuses these days!

I found your analysis very thoughtful, and pretty much on the mark.

The Conservative Post is a News and Commentary focused site, with our conservative principles proudly coloring the commentary. We are very honest with our readers and obviously don't try to hide that fact. One of our main missions is to give readers the "other (conservative) side" of the current events stories that interest us, as sadly most of the mainstream reporting is heavily left-leaning.

I would only quibble with your representation that MSNBC and Newsweek reporters don't allow their personal opinion or political bias influence the content and flavor of their reporting.

If you doubt this assertion, I would ask that you research the writings of Jonathan Alter, or Howard Feinman. They write their so-called "objective" reports from a very obvious political lefist bias.

While usually not as blatantly biased as our commentary, you can usually see this in who they chose source for supporting quotes (usually left of center, and usually anti-Bush), as well as the way the set-up the piece from Headline to conclusion... when you are done reading the story, rarely do you feel good about a conservative or a conservative position. Many times they don't even bother giving the conservative side of the story to the reader.

I did a post once that is a case study on the inherent liberal bias in the media. You can find it here (http://theconservativepost.com/WordPress/?p=146) if you are interested.

Thanks for allowing me to respond, and I hope you keep reading The Conservative Post once your project is complete. After all, you should be getting the conservative side of each story, right?

PS. I noticed a typo in your post "pursuede" -> "pursuade"... I won't tell the prof ;-)