Has the line between press and fans been blurred in the modern era?

Everyone in this day and age is a ‘journalist’.

Some people can see you as a journalist just for having a Twitter account and some outspoken views.

It is arguably one of the negatives of social media.

Because of social media people like Katie Hopkins and Tommy Robinson are considered journalists by some.

It’s like calling me an athlete for running one London Marathon.

Everyone can be a politician in this day and age through Twitter, and with the country so divided politically we are seeing that more and more.

And every sports fan can be seen by some as a journalist, as long as they have a half decent Twitter following and some outspoken views.

But does that mean the line between fan and the press is blurred? And does belittle and play down the importance of a proper, qualified journalist?

In recent years we’ve seen the re-birth of the fanzine. The little football magazine you used to see at many clubs up and down the country.

They’re on the up again, but there is one difference.

Whereas before many were comprised of the fans view or the rumours on the grapevine from fans who live around the area and are in the know, they are now made up of content grabbed directly from the club.

Some are given access to press conferences alongside the cream of the crop of sports journalism

Next to journalists and writers who have slogged for 40 years in this job and gained all sorts of qualifications to get where they are.

If I was a fully qualified journalist covering a big club and I was at the back of the queue to ask question in a press conference, behind a fanzine blogger who had just launched a site to spout of some angry fan views I wouldn’t be too happy.

Now there are other sides to this. There are probably journalists out there on well renowned titles who haven’t got qualifications, but they have got into the industry young and built themselves up.

That is what people could do a few years ago.

And I’m not saying there aren’t fanzine writers out there who may have a journalistic flare, and could go on to gain qualifications and succeed in the industry further down the line.

Neither am I belittling their work. It is needed, loved and viewed. The fan view is something that football needs.

Some of this may come across as arrogant however it is anything but.

If you put up a wall at home yourself without any know how of building, you wouldn’t go down to the local construction company and ask to do a few shifts as a site foreman would you?

Or if you put together a good defence for someone who was in the dog house with their partner, you wouldn’t rock up at a solicitors and expect to be given a case.

It is the same principle.

I’m writing this at a time where a section of the population don’t have a lot of trust in the press.

I get that, but for everyone one dodgy reporter there are 50 brilliant ones, who work all hours to provide the best sporting content they can.

To give you exclusives, soundbites, news stories, transfer talk and all the rest that comes with running a football club.

They shouldn’t be having to stand in the same queue as Brian who launched a blog to spout off about how he doesn’t think the manager is up to it, and disagrees with his persistence to play 4-5-1.

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