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Anyone can become a "publisher" by developing a website. Anyone can report news and information online. Identifying anyone as a journalist if he/she has a website has legal implications. In libel law, the press is given some protection because of "a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust and wide-open," as Justice Brennan wrote. How courts define "journalist" will determine when the "fault" element in libel cases is applied and, thus, providing the press some leeway in order to preserve First Amendment values.
Annette M. Taylor
Primary Advisor's Department
Stander Symposium poster
Godby, Anna L., "Research exercise: Who Is a Journalist?" (2012). Stander Symposium Posters. 72.