Deciding who qualifies as a journalist

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Josh Stearns of Free Press asks "who's a journalist?" in a paper on the non-profit group's site: "When our founders drafted the Bill of Rights, the U.S. did not have a professional press. The publishers it did have — mostly pamphleteers — had more in common with today’s bloggers than with journalists at the New York Times," he writes. "Today’s pamphleteers use iPhones and blogs instead of carbon paper, but their acts of journalism still deserve protection."