Saturday, June 03, 2006


California appeals court extends shield law to bloggers

I don't agree that bloggers are journalists, as this article proclaims. You can't just sprinkle holy water over someone who has figured out how to sign up for a free account on and transform that person into a seasoned reporter. Nevertheless, extending the California shield law to that state's bloggers is a sound decision.

Of course, some journalists may write blogs, and probably many bloggers treat their writing as a craft and might qualify for the distinction of "journalist" although they never worked in a newspaper office, have no clue what a chase or a galley is and have never been exposed to type lice.

There is a new tradition emerging of "citizen journalism" that promises to upset the pros over the long run. Check out one incarnation of this at and then visit their home page to see how it is working.


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