At the same time that leading journalists and scholars are calling on college journalism programs to help fill the void left by the decline of newspapers, a court case in Illinois is raising questions about the legal status of student journalists that could have a chilling effect on the risks that journalism professors will ask their students to take....more
The US House of Representatives passed the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 October 16, a bill that would provide the first federal shield law for people doing journalism -- including some bloggers. A companion bill cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee October 4. Pres. Bush and the Justice department oppose the bill and have promised a veto.