Defining what a ‘journalist’ is in legal terms has been a struggle for years. The argument normally comes up when a ‘journalist’ is subpoenaedfor a piece of information that they found during his or her research for an article.
The federal Shield Law has been passed around for years going through different revisions.
I, Chao, personally believe that as journalists, freelancing or otherwise employed, should be protected. I also understand, however, that technology and crowd sourcing the news has made the conversation a little bit difficult.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a really great resource on this topic.
Chao Li of FJP @cli6cli6