The privilege is afforded to any "person engaged on, engaged in, connected with, or employed by news media for the purpose of gathering, procuring, transmitting, compiling, editing or disseminating news for the general public or on whose behalf news is so gathered, procured, transmitted, compiled, edited or disseminated". This definition includes all employees of the newspaper or media outlet, it is not limited to the reporter alone. The privilege is limited to information the reporter obtains "in the course of pursuing his professional activities," but that definition itself is broad. "In the course of pursuing his professional activities" means "any situation, including a social gathering, in which a reporter obtains information for the purpose of disseminating it to the public but does not include any situation in which a reporter intentionally conceals from the source the fact that he is a reporter, and does not include any situation in which a reporter is an eyewitness to, or participant in, any act involving physical violence or property damage". The privilege is available regardless of whether the reporter is a full-time employee of a media outlet or a part-time stringer at a small weekly.