Blog-article convergence Blog posts started to get more and more like articles. As a bazillion blogs crowded the Internet, the bar began to raise. Blog posts began to have more interviews. They presented interesting data.
No set deadline or publishing schedule No fixed length More casual in tone Continuous conversation Then, when I started mapping out elements of a column, it was pretty much the same. Writers should interact with readers on all online elements. It should all be immediate and involve continuous conversation.
Only difference is a more formal tone or lack of opinion in an article. What do you think? My email reply to her was the rough draft of this reply in the blog: As a blogger who has done columns, I recognize the similarities, but I see definite differences.
Let me start by saying that I think a columnist today should be a blogger, who produces an occasional column from the blog. That makes it sound as though the two are interchangeable. But I still think a column is different from a blog.
Both should have a voice and a personality and generally a topic or niche sports blog or sport columnist, advice columnist, mommy blogger, etc. While I have never been a full-time newspaper columnist, I have written columns for five different newspapers as an editor or reporter.
I also was a regular contributor to the TBD Community blog and have written guest posts for a half-dozen or so blogs. Mimi has also been a columnist for half a dozen newspapers and blogs occasionally.
Teresa noted that columns and blogs are moving closer together. The digital presence of a columnist should be a blog, not just columns posted on a website. If this means that columnists are thinking and working digital-first, I applaud the movement. If it means that blogs are becoming more like columns, I lament that they are not taking full advantage of the range of digital tools, techniques and opportunities.
When I started blogging in as a former columnist, I pretty much wrote columns and called them a blog. But as I blogged more, I started understanding the differences.
Immediate access to readers. Yes, this is clearly a similarity and an important one. For the best columns, the relationship with readers is what makes them most special. The relationship with readers may be the greatest strength of a good column.
I know that some blogs achieve a strong relationship with readers, but I doubt many people open their computers in the morning, planning to turn to their favorite blogger first, the way that newspaper readers might turn first to a great columnist.
I think people find my blog through Twitter, Facebook, RSS and occasional visits, rather than looking for me in the paper every Sunday and Wednesday. Yes, the best columnists are interactive, but I have seen many that are not. Because the column is print-focused, even when it runs online, its interaction is more feedback than conversation.
A blog can be immediately interactive with polls, comments, links and other elements that allow the user to add content or personalize the experience. No set deadline or publishing schedule. This is a huge difference in my view. A column runs two or three times a week. A blogger writes when he or she has something to say.
Many full-time bloggers post daily or even multiple times a day. My columns in Cedar Rapids needed to be words. Some columnists occasionally pull a few shorter items into a single column often for a Saturday column. But length is so central to the column that the name is rooted in length.
A blog is as long or as short as it should be. The blogger has or should have a conversation with commenters in the comments. Many columnists use reader comments probably more from letters and email than web comments as column fodder, rather than joining the conversation.
More casual in tone. Certainly both tend to be casual.
As I said on comments, I think the conversation is more robust in the blog. Another big difference I see is how widely formats can vary on a blog.Grammarly's free writing app makes sure everything you type is easy to read, effective, and mistake-free.
In a nutshell, a magazine feature is almost always presented as the magazine's view on a subject, whereas a column is specifically presented as the individual column writer's view on a subject. Feb 21, · Articles can be further divided into news writing, feature writing, sports writing, and opinion writing.
Editorials and columns fall under the heading of opinion writing. News and feature articles are generally presented as objective forms. Hopefully, this clears up any confusion about the differences between a newspaper editorial and a personal column. Never miss a story Choose the plan that's right for you.
Reflective Writing ENG Differences Between Magazines and Journals Search this Guide Search. What are some of the differences between magazines and journals?
Magazines. Journals. Purpose: Articles are written to inform or to entertain. Academic or scientific research articles and information.
Hopefully, this clears up any confusion about the differences between a newspaper editorial and a personal column. Never miss a story Choose the plan that's right for you. Oct 18, · I had an email exchange about the difference between a columnist and a blogger with Teresa Schmedding.
Teresa is Assistant Managing Editor-Content Systems for the Daily Herald in the Chicago area and president of the American Copy Editors Society.