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Beyond Deadlines is not just a blog*

739994_10200500514899480_1338136197_oWE keep hearing people refer to Beyond Deadlines as a blog whenever they talk about it. It is not wrong per se to identify this space in the world wide web as such but it is more accurate to say that this corner of the net is both an electronic news site and a blog.

Just like any other respectable news entity, we professionally present the news as it is.

However, we also have spots for blogs or the personal views of our writers and readers. They are known as the comment section, opinion and feature story pages.

The online Merriam Webster dictionary defines blog as a “Web site that contains online personal reflections, comments, and often hyperlinks provided by the writer; also :  the contents of such a site.” Depending on its usage, the word could be used as a noun or a verb.

Another web based dictionary, Dictionary.com, defines blog similarly. It says blog is “a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.”

Not only did the definitions cited distinguish between a blog and an e-news site but it also clearly show the hairline difference of blogging from news writing. The former is a telling of a personal experience while the latter is a professional and impersonal narration of events.

Furthermore, it can be said that a blogger is someone who is literate enough to be able to write but  treats the work as private, unassailable and a sacred masterpiece.

A journalist, on the other hand, had undergone for a certain number of years actual news coverage and writing. His works are not unassailable masterpieces for he willingly subjects them to the pen of competent editors for editing and critique. A journalist treats his/her works in an impersonal manner and does not price them as his/her own.

What is dear to a journalist is the accuracy and timeliness of details.

The talent to write and a journalism degree do not make one a journalist. It is the experience of news gathering, production and source development gained through the years in the beats and, in some rare cases, by the recognition given by fellow news writers that makes one a journalist. Professional experience is what fundamentally differentiate a journalist from a blogger.

It must be stressed, however, that Beyond Deadlines is primarily an e-news site. It is a “newspaper” in an electronic medium. Its writers are subject to the same reasonable professional discipline and ethics imposed on journalists by their editors.

We are proud to note that an overwhelming majority of our writers are seasoned journalists who came from or still write for different Philippine and US based news entities.

 

 

*The opinion of this author is his alone. It is not necessarily the views of Beyond Deadlines.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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