Senate Committee OKs Measure Defining a Journalist

The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their confidential sources after narrowing the definition of a journalist while establishing which formats -- traditional and online -- provide news to people. The vote cleared the way for the full Senate to consider the media shield measure, WTCBTV reports. The vote came just months after the disclosure that the Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed almost two months' worth of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly used a search warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist.