---- Blogger Not Covered By Journalists' Legal Protection: Fined $2.5 Million
buckworks - 7:38 pm on Dec 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
She was convicted in a trial by jury and found guilty of defamation.
This page has links to court documents regarding the case: [citmedialaw.org...]
From the judgement:
"Defendant fails to bring forth any evidence suggestive of her status as a journalist. For example, there is no evidence of (1) any education in journalism; (2) any credentials or proof of any affiliation with any recognized news entity; (3) proof of adherence to journalistic standards such as editing, fact-checking, or disclosures of conflicts of interest; (4) keeping notes of conversations and interviews conducted; (5) mutual understanding or agreement of confidentiality between the defendant and his/her sources; (6) creation of an independent product rather than assembling writings and postings of others; or (7) contacting "the other side" to get both sides of a story. Without evidence of this nature, defendant is not "media.""
The bottom line is that if you're going to call yourself a journalist, you have to follow the disciplines of a journalist.