WASHINGTON - Associated Press is reporting that Illinois' U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D) is moving ahead with his effort to define what a journalist is.
The U.S. Senate's Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 on Thursday for a compromise worked out by Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin in coordination with mainstream news organizations that are being threatened by new media.
The panel discussed the overall bill that would codify many of the regulations proposed earlier this year by Attorney General Eric Holder.
The bill would apply to a "covered journalist" and defines that individual as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. It would extend to student journalists.
A federal court also would have the discretion to declare an individual a "covered journalist."