U.S. Court: Bloggers Are Journalists

One of the great questions of our time came closer to resolution last week, when a federal court ruled that bloggers are journalists—at least when it comes to their First Amendment rights. 

The Ninth Circuit ruled as such on Friday in Obsidian Finance Group v. Crystal Cox, a complicated case first decided in 2011. The court found that even though someone might not write for the “institutional press,” they’re entitled to all the protections the Constitution grants journalists.

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The figures are shocking. More than 70 journalists killed in 2013 alone, already 14 more in 2014, with hundreds more assaulted, imprisoned or kidnapped…’if any other industry had such large numbers murdered, there would be an enormous campaign.’
—  Aidan Sullivan, of Reportage by Getty Images and A Day Without News?, on Security and Safety Issues for Media Workers, via World Press Photo. Sullivan will speak about journalist safety at TEDx Atlanta tomorrow.

Rest in Peace, Goyo

Family, friends and colleagues mourn Gregorio Jiménez, Mexican journalist found dead after having been kidnapped last week.

Journalists in Mexico and throughout world demand justice for Goyo, as he was affectionately known, and the 14 other colleagues killed exercising their profession in Veracruz since 2000.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned Jiménez’s murder today. Many are also demanding the resignation of Veracruz governor, Javier Duarte.

Read more about Goyo’s case at our blog: http://thinkmexican.tumblr.com/post/76486199262/

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Report: Journalists Are Miserable, Liberal, Over-Educated, Under-Paid, Middle-Aged Men

Today, the term ink-stained wretches is exactly one-third accurate.

Journalists aren’t quite so blotched from pens and printers, now that the newspaper die-out has wiped out 50 years of advertising gains in a decade. With cleaner shirts, less paper, and worse pay, we’re more like carpal-tunnel wretches. We’re older on average than we used to be, slightly more moral, and far more lugubrious about the future of our profession.

Here is the state of the American journalist, according to a survey from Indiana University.

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'It takes a very fearless journalist to get up everyday and say, “You know what, I’m determined to continue my profession, even though I may have to spend the rest of my life looking over my shoulder”. We’re targets now, and I think any journalist who travels in pursuit of his or her profession, in pursuit of the story needs to know that we’re targets now, whether we like it or not.'

-Wall Street Journal Senior Editor Chris Cramer, in Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News. The documentary premieres this Sunday on Al Jazeera America.

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The video above is a trailer for the film She Started It – a documentary, co-directed by journalists Insiyah Saeed and Nora Poggi, which follows four different female founders, as they create new startups.

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In Focus: Syrian War Worsens Ahead of Peace Conference

Syria’s civil war is nearly 3 years old now, claiming the lives of more than 120,000 people, forcing nine million to flee their homes, and causing a humanitarian crisis on a record scale. Earlier this week, the United Nations issued an appeal for $6.5 billion for Syrian aid — its largest appeal ever for a single crisis. Fighting appears to be intensifying, especially in Aleppo, as both sides try to make gains before a scheduled peace conference in Switzerland on January 22, 2014. The situation on the ground remains incredibly complex and dangerous, with little real hope of immediate resolution. The photojournalists who shot the following images did so at great personal risk, more than 20 journalists have been killed in the conflict so far, many more injured or abducted.

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Saturday marks 2 years since of the deliberate targeting of Marie Colivin and Remi Ochlik by Assad forces in Syria. Support A Day Without News

Journalism is an increasingly dangerous profession. In Syria alone, at least 21 journalists are currently missing.

A Day Without News is a campaign that seeks to draw attention to the importance of journalist safety - please find out more and register your support here.

UPDATE: European Parliament today issued a call for the release of the journalists held in Syria, saying: 'Without the work of the journalists we would know almost nothing of the horrors of this war , of this torture, massacres, what is happening to innocent people'