G. Reporter's personal observations

The Northern District of Illinois has refused to apply the Statute when a reporter personally witnessed an occurrence. Alexander v. Chicago Park District, 548 F. Supp. 277 (N.D. Ill. 1982). In Alexander, plaintiffs served the Chicago Sun Times and five of its reporters with subpoenas. Ultimately, plaintiffs sought only the reporters' testimony as to their personal observations of the parks during their investigation for a series on the parks. The court denied the reporter's motion to quash, holding that the testimony as to the reporters' observations was not "source material" protected by the First Amendment. Id. at 278. "A reporter's observations of a public place or event are no different in kind than that of other individuals; and as to this, they are not entitled to constitutional protection." Id.