Tim Porter takes on the question “Are bloggers journalists?

I have a hard time getting excited about this question, but [traditional | real | old-fashioned] journalists care a lot about it. Dave Winer cares about this too, but (as always) he’s driven by his personal demons. After all, Dave says Dan Gillmor isn’t a journalist.

Ultimately, Tim asks the most important question. Don’t worry about who else can call themselves a journalist, but what kind of journalism you’re doing. As far as I’m concerned, the industry lost any right to bar the door once they let local TV news call itself “journalism”.

[This piece features two wonderful wordplays: Mini Me(dia) and “troglodyte traditional journalists hunker defensively in their newsholes”]