Butcher, baker, blogger, reporter. Who is a journalist and what do you have to do to complete an act of journalism?
Is it the active tweeter reporting an accident scene? A citizen journalist reporting on city hall? Someone who publishes a newsletter? The citizens who have livestream feeds and broadcast unedited? Someone with a mainstream news organization, however you might want to define that? A comedian talking about serious social issues who uses comedy to bury the lede but raises important discussion?
Ryerson j-prof Ivor Shapiro, chair of the school's journalism program lays some groundwork for answering the question. In a Nov. 21 article published a Ryerson University journalism site, Shapiro is interviewed and explains why it is important to define journalism and makes a case for outlining what constitutes journalism.
"I’m defining what journalism is," Shapiro says in the story. "Jon Stewart can do journalism, a brain surgeon can do journalism and I can do journalism. Anybody can do journalism. The question isn’t what a journalist is. The question is when is journalism being done? When is Jon Stewart, for example, doing journalism and when is he doing comedy?"
The full story published online at the Ryerson Journalism research centre site is online.
See also earlier post: Are you a journalist?