David Carr, in his latest Media Equation column for The New York TImes, examines the blurring line between journalism and activism and the rise of non-governmental organizations in supplying content. But he also uses the column to explore the recent questions about whether Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who has unfurled several government secrets in recent weeks, and Alexa O'Brien, who has been following the trial of Bradley Manning, qualify as journalists.
Margaret Sullivan, the public editor for the Times, also examines who is a journalist, noting the Times' correction on O'Brien last week and the reason the journalism label matters (it would ensure coverage of a shield law to prevent prosecution, for instance). Still, Sullivan says, a "real journalists is one who understands, at a cellular level, and doesn't shy away from, the adversarial relationship between government and press --- the very tension that America's founders had in mind with the First Amendment."
Jeff Jarvis, in his latest Buzzmachine column, says journalism is a service and that anything that reliably helps a community organize their knowledge can be described as journalism. The term journalist is limiting, he says. Rather, "we are servants or an informed society."