Defining journalist

Media rights advocates object to Utah court rule revision on video-recording of cases

Bradleigh Chance | Secret Courts | News | June 17, 2014
June 17, 2014

Utah’s court system began allowing TV cameras, smartphones and laptops into public court proceedings last year, but officials revised that rule after repeatedly denying one man’s requests to record family law proceedings.

The revision reverses the presumption that video cameras are allowed in family court proceedings, and, instead, lets the judge weigh a number of factors to decide when taping is allowed. Though judges made the rule effective immediately, Utah’s Judicial Council is considering comments from the public on the proposal until June 24 and plans to permanently vote on the rule change in August.

In January, family law attorney Eric Johnson began making dozens of recording requests for hundreds of divorce cases. Only one request was granted.

New Jersey blogger considered a journalist under state Shield Law

Lilly Chapa | Reporter's Privilege | News | April 16, 2013
April 16, 2013

A New Jersey blogger qualifies for protection under the state’s shield law and does not have to reveal the names of government officials she accused of wrongdoing, a judge ruled.

N.J. judge orders local blogger to defend journalist status

Lilly Chapa | Reporter's Privilege | News | February 4, 2013
February 4, 2013

A New Jersey Superior Court judge recently ordered a blogger to defend her status as a journalist and explain why the state's shield law applies to her in order to avoid revealing the names of government officials she accused of wrongdoing.

New Jersey Supreme Court limits libel damages, distinguishes online speech

Raymond Baldino | Libel | News | May 17, 2012
May 17, 2012

The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a defamation suit over online accusations of child sexual abuse could still proceed, even though the plaintiff could not show he was harmed.

The decision upheld a 2010 appeals court ruling that New Jersey First Amendment attorneys hoped would lead to a change in the law by the state's Supreme Court.

Report outlines impact of online media growth on press freedom

Cristina Abello | Newsgathering | Quicklink | February 9, 2010
February 9, 2010

As newspaper circulations drop and nightly news broadcasts garner fewer viewers, more people are getting their news online -- a medium not as likely as traditional media to spend the money to sue for access to courts, public records and public meetings, according to a report released last week by CQ Researcher.

Blogger denied news media status in records request

Hannah Bergman | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 5, 2009
January 5, 2009

The transportation authority that runs Washington D.C.’s subway  and bus system is denying that bloggers are members of the news media when they request public information.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority denied D.C.-area blogger Michael Perkins’s request for a news media designation under the entity’s access-to-records policy in late December.