Bloggers and Journalists: Friends or Foes?
2007 SPJ Convention, Washington, D.C.


The Scooter Libby trial put journalists in the midst of a huge national story: the vice president’s chief of staff on trial for obstruction of justice, the hunt for a leak and working journalists as key witnesses. What are the ethical implications of journalists as central players in a criminal prosecution and scandal? How did their employers handle the dual roles these journalists played as witnesses and journalists? What lessons can we learn from their experiences?

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