September 18, 2012

Josh Stearns rounds up reports of journalists getting arrested at Monday’s anniversary protests for Occupy Wall Street. Photographer Julia Reinhart and artist Molly Crabapple were among the people who got to check out the inside of police vans. (Jason Boog writes Crabapple’s arrest got attention on Twitter from some famous writers.) John Knefel was among those arrested, which was sort of a trip down memory lane for him; his arrest at an Occupy event last year prompted a Boing Boing piece by Maggie Koerth-Baker on how to define journalists.

Knefel doesn’t work for a major media outlet. But he’s also not just some random bystander. He’s got a political podcast with new episodes three times a week. Do we only call someone a journalist if they have enough page views? Do they have to have a journalism degree? What’s the line?

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press estimates five journalists have been arrested since anniversary demonstrations began over the past weekend.

Here’s Stearn’s Storify document about the arrests:

Related: A profile of street journalist Sky Adams (aka CrossXBones), who live-streams from Occupy events (L.A. Times)

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Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City…
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