“Bloggers ‘Probably Not’ Considered Journos”

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.
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,” he said in response to a question from Washington Post Deputy Managing Editor Milton Coleman. “Are bloggers journalists or some of the commercial businesses that you here would probably not consider real journalists? Probably not, but how do you determine who will be included in this bill?”

The bill is necessary to help the United States regain its status as an “exemplar” of press freedom, Lugar told the IAPA. “Even as we are advocating for free press (abroad)… we’d better clean up our own act,” Lugar said.

Shield Law Sponsor: Bloggers ‘Probably Not’ Considered Journos,” by Mark Fitzgerald, Editor & Publisher, October 12, 2005

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2 Comments on "“Bloggers ‘Probably Not’ Considered Journos”"

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  1. Bloggers do everything in the field of reporting and reviewing and go beyond that to give all the information present in the net on the same topic in a single blog.To put it simple they do more than any journalist would do…

  2. Hobnobblog says:

    NYT web traffic bigger than … Daily Kos (barely) and Gizmodo (3x)

    N.Z. Bear, keeper of the TTLB Blogosphere Ecosystem, notes that even the traffic numbers the NYT boasts about make it only slightly bigger than Daily Kos. … But, hey, it’s 4 or 5 times bigger than a lone law professor…

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