IV. Who is covered

In 1981, in response to decisions such as that in People v. LeGrand, 67 A.D.2d. 446, 415 N.Y.S.2d 252 (2d Dep't 1979) (holding that a book author who had previously worked for numerous media organizations is not a journalist for the purposes of the Shield Law), Civil Rights Law § 79-h was amended to include not only journalists working for traditional news media, but also those working for "any professional medium or agency which has one of its regular functions the processing and researching of news intended for dissemination to the public." Civil Rights Law §79-h (a) (6). Under the statute, "professional journalist" is defined as one who gathers news "for gain or livelihood" intended for dissemination to the public, and includes "gathering, preparing, collecting, writing, editing, filming, taping or photographing of news." Civil Rights Law §79-h (a) (6).