I was amused by the most recent response:
Which of those were scoops? You may have had something posted FIRST, but other media outlets had to get interviews, check facts, write stories void of personal opinion and according to AP style, etc. I know for a fact at least half of those stories weren't picked up by journalists or editors who read this blog!
Sure, there are some who read this blog and consider it a good source for news. I consider it gossip, not news. Anything with a source has already been reported.
Bloggers aren't journalists.
I normally would let this go by except that it appears this comment came from the Joplin Globe building. If this is the attitude a majority of Globe reporters have (and I don't believe it is), then whoever Globe management selects to succeed Ed Simpson has my complete sympathy.
Which of those were scoops? Why does it not surprise me that there is someone at the Globe who does not recognize a scoop when he or she sees one?
And while it is true that I seldom conduct interviews, anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis has more than ample evidence that I know where to find records and documents to back up my reporting. Unfortunately, I have seen stories in Missouri newspapers that indicate few reporters know how to use documents. Many political reporters believe they have done their job if they call a Democrat, then call a Republican, then call it a day.
I also know for a fact that more than half of the stories I write have not been, and will not be, picked up by the Globe or other area media outlets. The attitude that if the traditional media does not think a story is a story then it is not one could be the reason why newspaper readership in the United States continues to decline at an alarming rate.
And I love the AP style comment. The reader is making it sound as if writing in AP style slows down the process, or somehow makes writing a news story more difficult.
This nonsense of a story not being a story until the Joplin Globe considers it one could be one of the reasons why this blog's readership continues to grow. It also could explain why the Joplin Daily, Joplin TriState Business and the Joplin Business Journal have been able to establish footholds in the metro area.
As for whether this blog constitutes journalism, I leave that for the readers to decide. I don't believe all bloggers are journalists. But the practice of journalism is not limited to those who work for traditional print or broadcast media outlets...fortunately for readers.