In Brief

Oregon: Where Bloggers Aren’t Journalists

I think the creepiest thing about the decision against blogger Crystal Cox, in which a federal judge found she was not subject to shield laws protecting sources, was the definition of “official media outlet,” which excludes the Web in its entirety in the state of Oregon. Dan Gillmor is right: it’s about what journalism is and not about who is practicing it. Not all bloggers are journalists but the most innovative journalism (and, increasingly, the most profitable journalism) is happening in social media and the blogosphere.

By Jared Smith

Jared Smith is a web developer and weather enthusiast living in Charleston, SC.