I have to say doing this project was hard. E-Zines are not organized very well as far as searches go. I was looking for a current event or news E-zine, and even under the different E-Zine directories, there seemed to be a lot of fluff. I finally did find a Republican oriented site though.
It has a very organized layout and reads more like a newspaper or magazine. And they seem to be published on a schedule.
Where as the blog I chose has more a freeform feel to it and not only talks about politics but also other topics. It also allows you to comment back on the posts. Though with the blog, you tend to get the writers point of view, instead of an unprejudiced approach. So one needs to be open-minded and remember to take things with a grain of salt.
So to answer a few questions on these:
Which do you feel was more professional and effective?
The E-Zine was more professional though I think the blog was more effective in getting its message across.
Which was easier to find on the Internet?
The Blog was easier to find. I had more choices to pick from.
Which was easier to read?
The E-Zine was easier to read, though I think that has to do with the more professional layout.
Did they both cover the same current events?
Not really. After all the E-Zine only talks about the Republican Party and what is going on now. And the Blog is a Republican expressing his views and only posting what he wants.
Did you feel they were credible or trustworthy?
I think the E-Zine was pretty credible. The Blog varies on its credibility since it posts not only news but personal views as well.
Would you be more likely to feel a print source such as a newspaper or magazine was more credible than a blog? Than an e-zine? Why?
I would for the most part, but then again it depends on the blog or E-Zine. The one I chose has more of the writer’s views, making it less credible to me. Though there are plenty of Blogs out there that write more fact based information and keeps their personal opinions out of the equation.
I feel that the blog I chose today neither supports or uncorroborated my thesis statement (rating of a three on a scale of one to five).
[My thesis statement again: I believe blogging has significantly impacted the print journalism industry. Journalists are aware of the audience they have on the Internet and utilizing the potential. I think it would be remiss of the journalist community to ignore this market.]