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Quick: Define "Journalist"

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If you hang out at the city council meeting and send a few tweets about the proceedings, does that make you a journalist? 

That's a question the Oregon Government Ethics Commission wants to answer. 

Public bodies around the country are struggling with how to define who is and is not a journalist.  It makes a difference in deciding, for example, who gets to attend executive sessions of government bodies.

We visit with the president of the Oregon chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists about the input his organization offers. 
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for over 35 years, working in both television and radio.