One of our reporters recently began blogging the process of reporting on a health care story. She's called the blog "Reporter's notebook: The uninsured in NCW", and refers to the posts as notes and information gathered during the reporting process, and hopes to crowdsource through the blog.
I was excited to see a staff member embracing beatblogging, and crowdsourcing, but my Managing Editor is worried that publishing "Reporter's notes" may have future legal implications. Journalists have fervently protected the right to keep notes private, even when subpoenaed in court. By publishing a certain set of "notes" (even if not actually straight transcriptions from interviews, etc.), do we give up the right to protect future sets of notes from public scrutiny?
Or is it all in how we word what this beatblog is?
I would love some feedback, folks!