Originally Posted by Brutus the Pimp
If you're sending a reporter to a press conference, that's journalism. Reporting is journalism. I don't see how there's any denying that.
Here's the litmus test: if they fired this woman, not because she had a hat on but because it was something other than Arkansas, then they're just as guilty of breaching the code of ethics.
Note: in response to "and I don't think press passes go strictly to serious journalists these days," trust me... getting credentialed is still a pain in the rear with most schools/organizations unless you work for a major media outlet. This is from personal experience(s).
To go back to my Nuxy example, I think the difference between Nuxy (okay to be biased) vs. Joe Morgan (not allowed to be biased calling a game for ESPN) is the same as a reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal (needs to be objective) vs. a reporter for the Louisville Sports Report (it's fine for him or her to be biased). Why would you expect a reporter for the Louisville Sports Report (who are always credentialed at UofL press conferences and games), whose sole intended audience is UofL sports fans, to be unbiased?!?
Same with this radio station in Arkansas as long as they're not pretending to be a serious news outlet.