---- Blogger Not Covered By Journalists' Legal Protection: Fined $2.5 Million
seoskunk - 7:43 pm on Dec 7, 2011 (gmt 0)
The bottom line is that if you're going to call yourself a journalist, you have to follow the disciplines of a journalist.
She would be defined a journalist in Washington it seems
Bruce E. H. Johnson, attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine, is a veteran litigator in the field of free speech and media law. In 2006 he drafted Washington state's media shield legislation, and in 2007 the state legislature passed it into law. He has stated "I believe the shield law would have been applied [in Washington state],Oregon's law was probably written before blogging was accounted for."
Also references Apple case where Apple sued a blogger who had published leaked information from the company. The blogger had refused to reveal the source of the leaked information, and after a long, arduous path through the courts, the 6th District U.S. Court ruled that the blogger was in fact a media member and therefore did not have to turn over the information. Source [blogs.seattleweekly.com...]