Reactions to the death of two journalists

Defining a journalist and journalism is both elusive and problematic. As journalism undergoes a profound shift toward the electronic, it is difficult to figure out who is covered by the term — and crafting the definition too narrowly excludes certain speakers from the benefits afforded to journalists. A repeat Freedom of Information Act requester will quickly go broke if she never gets the journalist’s fee benefit or waiver, which is provided for in every open records act, state and federal.