I recently put that Georgetown Law Degree and my journalism experience to good use by explaining complicated federal copyright legislation that the U.S. Congress is currently debating in Washington, D.C. to readers of Poynter Online.
It got me to thinking: Shouldn’t the National Association of Black Journalists also weigh-in on this fight. After all, it is our members who are disproportionately getting laid off from news organizations each and every day. Thus, it is our members who are turning in greater and greater numbers to launching their own websites and blogs. But even if they aren’t freelancing or starting their own businesses, our members still need to know how these bills can help or hinder them.
To that extent, I am posting the link to the piece I wrote for Poynter here. In a nutshell, journalists are worried about having their words being stolen, whether by those who engage in ‘over-aggregation’ or outright copyists. But we also want to ensure the free flow of information.
So what do you think? Where should NABJ come down on this issue, or should the organization keep quiet?
Tracie Powell is Vice Chair of NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force, a recent graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and writes about technology and media policy.