Recently I’ve been doing some research into music journalism and I’ve found out some interesting things.
Whilst surfing the net I came across this really good blog, called The Pop Cop which basically covers Scotland’s music scene. However, I stumbled upon a different kind of blog entry – it was discussing the effects that blogs have had on traditional music journalism.
The piece argued that blogs were just as official as music journalism, the only difference being that one got paid and the other didn’t. However, The Pop Cop also believes music blogging to be “a passion or a hobby” (click here to see the article), whereas professional music journalism is said to be the best for quality of research and writing.
But who would you turn to for information about a new band or CD? Would it be the music magazines or a blog you found online? Which has more credibility?
As a music blogger myself, this argument leaves me feeling a bit trapped. My blog is for my leisure and if anyone reads it and takes information from it then great! But I don’t think blogs naturally hold as much credibility as that of the professional writer.
I’m torn even more so because I’m studying to become a professional writer. Music journalism would be my first choice but it’s a popular career path and to break into it takes a lot of time and effort. You have to be prepared to work for free. So if that’s the case, then why not set up a free blog and start from there? The internet allows people to say what they think, after all.
But is it old fashioned to believe that the professional is more trustworthy and informative than the average blogger? I think so, but I can’t help but feel slightly more secure in reading information in a magazine rather than on the internet.
The Pop Cop stresses that music journalism may be a dying art but he’ll be sad to see it go, and so will I.