Prosecutors Turn Tables on Student Journalists

This is a very interesting article I saw in the Times this morning. You should all read it at some point if we don’t do so in class…

There was an update in today’s paper, and I thought I’d share with you. Nothing different from the story except this part:

“University officials have called the request overreaching and have vowed to fight the effort. Significant issues are at hand, including whether student journalists are covered by the federal shield law. As Nieman Journalism Lab recently reported, a version passed by the House would seem to offer scant protection:

“The term ‘covered person’ means a person who regularly gathers, prepares, collects, photographs, records, writes, edits, reports, or publishes news or information that concerns local, national, or international events or other matters of public interest for dissemination to the public for a substantial portion of the person’s livelihood or for substantial financial gain and includes a supervisor, employer, parent, subsidiary, or affiliate of such covered person.”

Given that most student journalists don’t report for a living, they could be somewhat exposed, and it appears that an inquiry into the conviction of one man could lead to the investigation and potential sanction of many who took up his case.”

Read the full story here.


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