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Am I a journalist first, or a blogger?

I was invited to speak at the Asian Bloggers and Social Media Conference at Berjaya Times Square, as one of four local bloggers sharing our experiences.

This afternoon, I will be talking at the Asian Bloggers and Social Media Conference in Berjaya Times Square. Below is my presentation that I will be using to assist me in my talk. The conference was held on July 28 and 29, and included such speakers at former Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohammad, AirAsia CEO Datuk Seri Tony Fernandes, bloggers from The Phillipines and India as well as my friends Joyce the Kinkybluefairy, Kenny Sia and Beautifulnara.

I posted the presentation below a couple of hours before my talk was due to take place so that anyone at the conference who had access to the Internet could view my presentation as I went along. I am posting this here first so that participants of the conference can view my Prezi during my session, or immediately after. I will elaborate more on my points later tonight or tomorrow.

Unlike my usual talks, I decided not to focus too much on the social media aspect for two reasons. First of all, this was already a social media conference meaning that even if any of the delegates were not yet familiar with the tools etc, they should, in theory, already be keen to learn more about it (and therefore, no evangelising necessary). Secondly, there were going to be three other Malaysian bloggers speaking – all of whom are much more successful than I am – so I wanted to explore something different.

Me talking

Thanks for the picture above, Khairul.

I chose instead to talk about journalism, and what the journey is like for a journalist in the age of social media. To lead into my discussion, I asked the question: Am I a journalist first, or a blogger?

That question, in a way, was a trick question in that I don’t even identify solely as a blogger. Yes, I do blog but I see my “dabbling” in social media as much more than that.

On that note, I present to you my presentation. Like my other Prezi’s, you might not know what is going on right away but when looking at it (if you’re interested lah), note how I have split the two into separate circles – but allowed them to overlap a little.

If you have any questions, please post them in the comments section, I will be happy to discuss further. :)

Discussion (17)

There are 17 responses to “Am I a journalist first, or a blogger?”.

  1. KY responded:

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    pretty boy first, then 2nd/3rd blogger/journalist who knows!

  2. Good luck for your presentation 😉

  3. Hi Nikki,
    A very interesting topic. Indeed there are few conflicts between being a journalist and a blogger. Can’t wait to read/hear your elaborated points later. All the best for the speech. =)


    • Hi Rebecca!

      Thanks for dropping by here, and also coming by for hte conference. Hope I didn’t dissapoint! 😀

  4. ken responded:

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    i believe you got your fame as a journalist..
    but nuffnang changed everything.. and gave you the “famous blogger” title as well.. =P

  5. you did great yesterday :) and LOLOLOL at KY’s comment!!

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  7. Minda_budaya responded:

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    Code of ethics: a killjoy to blog
    To incite code of ethics or code of conduct or as such for bloggers to follow when they want to blog would be a killjoy. A total killjoy! I repeat those words just to stress how joy killing it would be. It is like getting into a bumper car ride at the funfair, but the rules is that you are not allowed to bump the heck out of other bumper cars. You can just go round and round the confinement, but no bumping. What a useless and no fun at all. See, it should not be even suggested as a what-if suggestion at all even.
    Having code of ethics as guidelines, it beats the sole purpose to blog and to become a blogger itself. Let the journalist, the article writers and news writers follow, conduct and be judged via code of ethics. If thou want to be holy, thou should just go ahead. But just leave the bloggers out of this nonsense. Bloggers just don’t want to be a part of this so called ethical writing community. And as far as we can read based on current practice, even those news mongers are almost always trying real hard to tilt, bend or nudge off towards their ethics if they have got the chance to do it. If they got away with it, these ethical benders are portrayed as mavericks and so full of balls.
    Well, bloggers are no mavericks, bloggers are no saviors, bloggers are just blokes that want to jot what ought to be wrote and heard out wide. Without restrictions. Without censor guidelines. Without editorial editing. Just from mind to keyboard to world reach. No go-betweens needed to filter and no ethics police to ward off good ideas to be posted. Not to be some cheeky mavericks. Bloggers are not pursuing any medals or awards or recognitions, and if you are longing for those perks, well you are indeed on the wrong train mate. This train is not stopping at stardom station; it will just keep on going on and on spiraling nonstop, up to the point of where the contents might lead us.
    Bloggers should just be free from these ethical burdens. Believe me you when if there is code of ethics or conduct being written as guidelines, bloggers can just kiss freedom of speech, freedom of expression and freedom to wear boxers while typing your blogs goodbye. Any piece that came out based on any sort of ethical guidelines is just good for one thing and one thing only. Only good to be toilet papers replacement or food wrappers and tossed into the recycling bins. These ethical codes shall make it harder for bloggers to key in their ideas into words. These guidelines will make bloggers just as lame as mules. Good for the carrying, not for the thinking. Bloggers don’t go to fancy news schools or study in mass-comm. media institutions just to learn how to write mate. A true blogger will just chew the input, spit it out, crumble those words and throw it out, all hot and in your face kind of way.
    If even some sort of measurement stick should need to be imposed, it should be far away and not related to ethics and such. The most suitable benchmark would be values. That is what everyone should be looking up dearly into at the first place after all, values. It doesn’t care how juicy your articles are if you do not have values in it. It’s just rubbish; it’s just like food without any health benefit. Blogs that do not have values in it are just like fast food that is hazardous to your health if consumed way too often and much. That is for sure.
    All bloggers wants to be valued and to have a valuable piece and be look up and remembered in time for the values you spread. For bloggers, it would be an honor to be considered so valuable. How lovely it shall be if bloggers could understand that these mainstream people who are being so judgmental towards bloggers will be shut off when what they can see in it are values that can be the positive essence useful in life.
    So instead of code of ethics, what really needs to be set up as the benchmark would be the values needed to be a good blogger. Not ethics or code of conduct. Bloggers should be measured by the values it put in inside its blog contents. How it is so important to have shared values and add values to our ever so degrading world. Messages that contain values are what the basis that all bloggers should strive on, not how to follow some impractical ethical codes that will just turn all of us into predictable molded article or story writers.
    So, ending and summing all these up would be to spark out an incitement that would make all bloggers to type in extra values and be perceived as laden with exceptional values. Just leave code of ethics out of the blogger sphere. Let that ethical stuff be gargled by official news journalist.


    • I think people blog for different reasons, different motivations.

      I think one big reason why there shouldn’t be a code of ethics for bloggers is because it’s not a profession, and therefore, almost impossible to regulate.

      Like I mentioned at the Freedom of Speech discussion, I think that there are sufficient laws to regulate what a blogger can and cannot say – these are the same laws that govern our lives. We cannot look at the Internet as a separate universe.

  8. interesting topic that you presented the other day.. i missed blogging so much! will come back again.

    i blog about Junk + Music + Life :)

  9. Good stuff! :) Ace!

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