7 Warning Signs of Journalism
Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Forbes columnist David Coursey writes: I’ve been working as a journalist for nearly 35 of my 50+ years. Or have I? Under the rules set down by U.S. District Judge Marco A. Hernandez, perhaps I need to revise my resume. And if I do, then many other bloggers are just as out-of-business as I am.
Why? Because we may lack a Federal Judge’s seven requirements to be a journalist. Most bloggers that I know — including myself — don’t fully qualify.
In case involving self-described ‘investigative blogger’ Crystal Cox, Judge Hernandez ruled that in order to qualify for basic First Amendment protections like state shield laws, freelance journalists have to meet a rather stiff set of criteria.
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