Dr. Larry Burriss

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  One of the big questions we’ve had to deal with since the inception of the Internet is, “Who exactly is a journalist?” 

We’re pretty sure correspondents for major news outlets count.  What about freelance reporters?  Or lately, what about so-called “I-reporters,” apparently anyone with a cell phone camera who happens to take a picture of a newsworthy, or sometimes not-so-newsworthy, event?

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  This past week was some kind of perfect sports and media storm:  baseball is getting ready to enter the playoffs, high school and college football began in earnest, and professional football is back , as if it really ever disappeared.  But there is another perfect storm brewing, and it involves cross-ownerships of sports teams and media outlets.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  Every once in a while we need to step back from doom and gloom, coups and catastrophes, floods, fires and famines, and deal with something really, really important. And today that's a lawsuit involving the song "Happy Birthday."


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  It’s been said that it is better to debate an issue and not have it settled, than to settle an issue with no debate. And that’s precisely where we are with the latest revelations about the National Security Agency and our personal phone and Internet records.

Unfortunately, there are so many issues involved, it’s hard to know where to begin.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Somehow I thought we were done with various government agencies secretly accessing reporters’ phone records, but apparently not. As we learned last week, the Justice Department covertly seized information about the phone calls of some 20 news organizations. The records, by the way, were not obtained from the media organizations themselves, but from various phone companies.