Much has been tweeted and written about the media shield law that made it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. The bill gave me cause for concern as I listened to the debate about it and read the coverage on Politico, because I got the sense that bloggers/citizen journalists like myself would not be covered, even though I engage in a lot of the same behaviors that paid journalists working for big outlets like the NYT do.
It turns out that at least one prominent media lawyer thinks I definitely would be covered, and I’ve asked him to write up his analysis of the language of the bill to explain under what conditions folks like me could claim the shield privilege. I’ll post a link to his analysis once it’s online.
In the meantime, you may want to read David Savage’s coverage in the Los Angeles Times (via Joe Cadillic).