No, Bloggers are not Journalists. Cub reporters are journalists from day 1 because the institutions for which they work extend them that title. If a title means anything, then you cannot just apply it to yourself. Someone else needs to judge your qualifications and grant you that title.
Yes, Some Bloggers could be Journalists. If you were blogging as part of a recognized institution. If that institution provided fact checking and editorial services. And if that institution stood behind your blogging rather than disavowing any responsibility for your posts. Then yes, I think you would be a journalist.
No, I don’t expect it to happen very often. I value the bloggers voice for it’s first person advocacy of positions. I value journalists for their investigative reporting on issues. I don’t think that many people will be able to tread the fine line between the two.
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