Yep, this is late but news worth: New Jersey and New York ranked high for states with strong shield laws for journalists. NJ even provides protection to student journalists.
By Michael Booth, New Jersey Law Journal, February 11, 2011
The state Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether a blogger, being sued for defamation over her postings on a web bulletin board, can cloak herself in the New Jersey Shield Law and refuse to disclose a source.
The justices are being asked whether the Legislature, in the relevant portion of the Shield Law, N.J.S.A. 2A:84A-21a(b), was meant to protect a class of writers that did not exist when it was enacted in 1977: those who post their writings on their own websites and on other online media.
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