Why should protection turn on the existence of an employment relationship? Paid, unpaid amateur or professional are silly distinctions. A definition by reference to function is the only sensible approach. A freelancer not currently employed but working on a story to submit for later publication would be excluded if an employer-employee relationship is a crucial element of the definition.
Are all mainstream media organisations by definitiuon "reputable"?
Mr Smith believed the courts would be more likely to protect confidential sources if the shield law was narrowly confined to journalists instead of extending to bloggers. "When you widen the field I think it waters down the authenticity of the claim," he said.
And nationally consistent legislation not significantly different versions of protection should continue to be the aim.