So what, then, distinguishes someone as a professional? Ultimately, being a professional is about values. It is about judgment, character and introspection. Those are the things that separate the real journalists from the rest and those are the kinds of measures that will hopefully be used in the future to distinguish and honor the best people in the field, whether they are Pulitzer-Prize winners working for The New York Times, or untrained dilettantes hacking away in the blogosphere.
Thoughtful article on what makes a journalist – professionalism.