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Deciding who is a journalist

It’s interesting that we’re entering this module at a time when Congress has been working on a “shield law” for journalists. As part of the process, some definitions are being tossed around in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A post today on the Neiman Journalism Lab‘s site says:

Previously, the Senate was working with a version of the shield law (S. 448) that defined a journalist in broad terms, focusing on the process and craft of newsgathering. That stood in contrast to the House version (H.R. 985), which passed in March and defines a journalist as someone who gathers news and information “for a substantial portion of the person’s livelihood or for substantial financial gain.”

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