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  •  Is a journalist a journalist only when (1+ / 0-)
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    serving in the employ of his or her sponsor? At 5PM, do hourly people who are 'off the clock' lose their "protected status"?

    I have 'press credentials' from when I worked for the local NPR station. There's no 'expiry date' on them, and I could flash them to get access I guess if I wanted to.

    But I was a volunteer at the station, and never got paid.

    What was my status then, 25 years ago?
    What's my status now?

    Do I have to prove I get paid in order to get protections guaranteed by freedom of the press? Must I use my real name when I report? [I did then.]

    Try to make it real, compared to what.

    by shpilk on Wed Dec 02, 2009 at 05:49:33 PM PST

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    •  I don't agree with the Fienstien/Durbin (0+ / 0-)

      amendment... especially after re-reading it.

      Sometimes I have to read things twice to get them :)

      But my "mixed feelings" due stem from my belief that their should be privacy protections as well as "freedom of the press"

      Unfortunately people abuse both of these freedoms... therefore it's tricky.

      Some of the ambush journalism and paparazzi style stalking tactics can be downright sleazy.

      So my point is that I do believe in protections for both the individual and the press.

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