Bloggers can definitely provide the most up to date information on breaking news events as they happen, however one must question the validity of the information they provide. Journalists are held to a certain standard by their media employers and there are repercussions when they cross the line. Bloggers do not have this kind of restriction. Bloggers are free to post any and all content regardless of the facts. While we can paint all bloggers with the same brush you can’t believe everything you read on the Internet.
No US court has yet weighed in with authority on the debate about whether bloggers count as journalists, but the recent federal decision from South Carolina does indicate that at least some bloggers are journalists. It’s not about the title, it’s about the content, said Judge Henry Hurlong, Jr.; a journalist turns out to be anyone who does journalism, and bloggers who do so have the same rights and privileges under federal law as the “real” journalists. (story)