"Blogging was a helluva lot easier when all we wrote about was our cats." writes Jeff Jarvis in today's Gaurdian Unlimited.
The problem: a blogger goes to jail in California for refusing to hand over video tape of a demonstration. The blogger insists that as a journalist, he does not have to hand over anything, citing the "yee olde" freedom of the press thing, as guarenteed in the U.S. Constitution.
It's a very interesting situation, and it's amazing that a mainstream journalist like Jarvis is siding with the bloggers on this one. But Jarvis makes an interesting point: you don't have to be a "journalist" to commit an act of journalism. Yes, even a humble blogger (like yours truly) can be deemed a "journalist" just by publishing yet another silly post on his web log. It's not the four year degree from Northwestern that makes you a journalist (with apologies to Andy Sachs), it's the act of publishing to the public, electronic or otherwise, that makes one a journalist.