Lacierda: Blogs are as much an avenue for brave souls as much as it is a refuge for cowards

Lawyer Edwin Lacierda teaches at the FEU Institute of Law. He is also a guest lecturer at the De La Salle University. Here are transcripts of my interview with him. Lacierda runs the San Juan Gossip Mills Outlet at Here are the transcripts of my e-mail interview with him.

Max: Professor Jay Rosen of the New York University said early this year that the question of bloggers vs. journalists is over. He says the “question now isn’t whether blogs can be journalism. They can be, sometimes. It isn’t whether bloggers “are” journalists. They apparently are, sometimes.” Do you agree with his statement? Do you see yourself as journalists in the mold of reporters producing original news content or more of opinion writers who comment on news items?

Ed: To the extent that bloggers have the necessary resources to carry out reporting and what would otherwise be the province of journalism, the answer is yes. In the absence of those resources, a blogger would probably be more comfortable being an opinion writer and rely on the broadsheets for the newsfeed.

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See it, hear it, blog it

(Note: I wrote this article for Sun.Star Cebu during the Cebu Press Freedom Week. I am reprinting it here to continue the community conversation on the topic. I will be reprinting later my notes for this story.)

Manuel L. Quezon III knew Sept. 5 would be historic. It was the day the House of Representatives would vote on a committee report dismissing three impeachment complaints filed against President Arroyo.

He was up at 6 a.m. that day, cramming as much work as he could in the morning to clear his afternoon schedule, in time to cover the House vote for his personal site at

Quezon covered the House session live in his weblog, posting his first entry at 4:06 p.m. and ending only at 4:03 a.m. when he collapsed in exhaustion. He continued in the early afternoon of Sept. 6.

His coverage wasn’t your regular news report. It was a recap of the events written by a historian, opinion writer, speechwriter and one of the country’s top bloggers:

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