Bloggers "probably not" considered Journalists

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Well that just sucks: "Bloggers would "probably not" be considered journalists under the proposed federal shield law, the bill's co-sponsor, U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar (R.-Ind.), told the Inter American Press Association (IAPA) Monday afternoon."

I don't consider myself to be a journo, I'd not presume that role, im neither trained nor particularly talented as a reporter, BUT, I do report the news right? Should I, and all you other bloggers out there breaking stories not be protected by the same laws that protect pro journo's?

Damn fucking right we should.

Still, maybe some hope?

Lugar emphasized, however, that debate is not yet closed on how to define a journalist under the proposed law.

"As to who is a reporter, this will be a subject of debate as this bill goes farther along,"

You don't become a Journo, or even qualify for any of those previleges if you're just writing personal stuff and happen to break some story through luck (or bad judgement) some day. Nor if you spread rumour and scandal - not by my reckoning anyway. But if you're website's business is the reporting of news, and you can demonstrate that that's what your readers come to your site for, I'd say the US have an obligation to protect their citizens in the same manner they do pro journo's.

Thanks to bill for the catch..


Bloggers can't expect the

Bloggers can't expect the same status and protection as journalists unless they adhere to the same ethics and professional standards.

> journalists unless they

> journalists unless they adhere to the same ethics and professional standards.

I am sorry, but it honestly makes me laugh to see the words "journalist" and and "ethics" in the same sentence. IF there are any ethics in that business they are broken more often than speed limits. Please don't give us that "ethics" BS :)


Being a card carrying journalist, and having had that card for in excess of 20 years Mikkel is right. Journalists are definitely not the most ethical people in the world, Editors are worse. In fact, most music journalists and hookers pretty much share the same occupation.

It also brings up another interesting question. I am a journalist, I also do some blogging. Do I stay on the outside whilst all you others are getting aquainted with new boyfriends where the sun comes in stripes. Does that card from the NUJ make me just a little bit different - or if I am writing for my blog is that different from writing for a local newspaper?

Bloggers = Editorialists

I think most bloggers are more like editorialists as opposed to journalists. Although I realize it's probably not true, a journalist is supposed to report news in an unbiased manner. Where bloggers and editorialists provide their own opinion on the matter at hand.

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