Court Says Blogs Are Part Of News Media

Like & Share E&P:
RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook
Facebook
Google+
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/news/court-says-blogs-are-part-of-news-media/">
LinkedIn

By: Mathew Ingram | Gigaom

It would be nice if the debate over whether bloggers are journalists could be put to rest, more than a decade after it first began, and especially after bloggers like Glenn Greenwald have not only broken news stories but won Pulitzer Prizes for doing so. But it continues — especially when it comes to the protections that bloggers are entitled to and whether they should be the same as those given to professional journalists, as I have argued they should be.

A recent legal decision that helps support this idea was handed down in a Florida court case involving accusations of defamation. Under state law, anyone who wants to pursue a defamation case has to notify the media outlet in question five days before filing. But Christopher Comins argued he didn’t have to do so in the case of a blog post from university student Matthew VanVoorhis, because blogs aren’t a traditional form of media and therefore aren’t entitled to notice.

Comments:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Editor & Publisher App: Android Phone

Enjoy everything in the Print edition in an
easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate format
designed exclusively to fit your Android device

Click below to download
and install the Android app.

CLOSE

Editor & Publisher App: Android Tablet

Enjoy everything in the Print edition in an
easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate format
designed exclusively to fit your Android tablet

Click below to download
and install the Android app.

CLOSE

Editor & Publisher App: iPad

Enjoy everything in the Print edition in an
easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate format
designed exclusively to fit your iPad

Click below to download
and install the App.

CLOSE

Editor & Publisher App: iPhone

Enjoy everything in the Print edition in an
easy-to-read, easy-to-navigate format
designed exclusively to fit your iPhone device

Click below to download
and install the iPhone app.

CLOSE