Defining a Journalist's Function

Woo, William F.
December 2005
Nieman Reports;Winter2005, Vol. 59 Issue 4, p31
The article explores the functional definition of what a journalist should be. With the emergence of citizen journalism, the question of whether bloggers, operators of online news sites, or freelancers should be considered journalists. According to Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg, the term journalist has become difficult to define as the variety of media has expanded. However, the traditional definition of a journalist is based on employment or association.


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