Greater minds than mine, and there are many, have grappled with the issue: What is a journalist?
Coleen Rooney sparked a fierce debate when she said she was a journalist in 2008. After all, she wrote a weekly column in Closer magazine. This prompted the observation: 'If you use a toothbrush, does that make you a dentist?'
Since then, a growing army of bloggers have claimed to be journalists, even though they have no training or qualifications.
But now the Information Commissioner, no less, has entered the fray by ruling that the journalistic exemption under s32 of the Data Protection Act is not just limited to journalists.
The decision involved Global Witness, a campaign group, which investigated a company called BSG Resources Ltd over its acquisition of mining rights.
People connected with the company made subject access requests under the DPA, but Global Witness rejected them, claiming the journalistic exemption.