Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Are bloggers journalists?

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Hmmm, I wonder what other bloggers may think about this news.

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Tue Mar 8, 8:14 AM ET

By Jessi Hempel

A California judge issued a preliminary ruling on Mar. 3 that three bloggers who published leaked information about an unreleased Apple (NasdaqNM:AAPL - News) product must divulge their confidential sources. If the ruling holds, it will set a precedent certain to reverberate through the blogosphere because this means under the law bloggers aren't considered journalists.

To crack down on internal leaks, Apple has taken legal action against three Web logs: PowerPage, Apple Insider, and ThinkSecret. The sites published information about an unreleased product, code-named Asteroid, that Apple considered a trade secret. According to court papers, the company says the people who run these sites aren't "legitimate members of the press," and therefore it has the right to subpoena information that will reveal which Apple employees are violating their confidentiality agreements. In most cases, journalists are protected under the First Amendment and don't have to reveal their sources. "BIZARRE AND DANGEROUS STANDARD"? The civil rights group Electronic Frontier F oundation, which represents two of the three sites under fire, says being able to ensure sources' confidentiality is critical to any journalist's ability to acquire information -- and that includes Web diarists, aka bloggers.


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At 6:18 PM, Blogger Major Tom said...

Greetings From Mars...I hope in the future bloggers will have the same protection as journalists. I believe that we are in actuality journalist who informs the public in the same way. More power to you and nice blog you got here.

At 10:18 PM, Blogger Cerridwen said...

I for one never considered myself a journalist and wouldn't take that title just to enjoy the benefit that a journalist has.

Blog is a blog - an online diary that is publicly viewed. With that, the sensibility to know what you are sharing to the public can be used against you. So those you want to share that can get you in deep kahkah, share it in your goggle group na lang. :P it is safer there...

At 10:48 PM, Blogger J. Angelo Racoma said...


I would say that bloggers are journalists.

According to, a journalist is:

n 1: a writer for newspapers and magazines
2: someone who keeps a diary or journal [syn: diarist, diary keeper]

1. One who keeps a journal or diary. [Obs.] --Mickle.

2. The conductor of a public journal, or one whose business it to write for a public journal; an editorial or other professional writer for a periodical. --Addison.

Personally, I'd like to think of blogging as journalism with the un-capitalized "J". "Journalism" with the capitalized "J" involves institutionalized journalism, which includes mainstream media.


At 2:40 AM, Blogger infraternam meam said...

a friend of mine at work reads my blog. she was telling me i am not a journalist. i told her i never claimed to be one, cuz all my entries are excerpts or taken from another source, which i always put in my blogs. i can only say that i am a journalist in my own right if i am documenting or blogging my own experience or ideas and mode of thoughts in my blog. i have no intention of doing that. i will not reveal anything of myself in the blogging i now considered a journalists' as i give comments on ur blog?hmmmmm!!!

At 3:30 PM, Blogger cathcath said...

hay salamat nakapasok din ako...

heniwey thanks for your thoughts, guys.

i think i am a journalist too... using number 2 definition given by angelo.

I do not if the same law applies to the Phils where webbdiarists/journalists
can be compelled to reveal sources of information that we publish in our blogs since legally we are not considered members of the press.
The practice of giving out sources of published articles and other written materials is more for credibility and netetiquette.

What if this constitute facts that have never been published like...
Nanganak ng martian si Madam Auring.

Ooops gotta stop here. Seryoso na sana. pakisampal nga itong pusa ko sa kaliwa.


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