Shop Talk - July 21

Warsaw, IL – The panelists discuss whether a "blogger" should be given the same protection as a journalist.

The discussion originated from a legal case in New Jersey. A judge ruled that posts on a message board by a blogger/free-lance journalist were not protected by the state's shield laws.

The discussion covered issues such as the impact of lawsuits in legitimizing bloggers or the creation of a national organization for blogs. The panelists were split on how to classify bloggers, due to the anonymous nature of the internet.