The Electronic Frontier Foundation has put together a comprehensive Legal Guide for Bloggers. Although it’s called a legal guide, it’s not legal advice (you need a real lawyer for that) — but it’s a great resource for those who worry about the blogging/journalism fuzzy area as well as those who fear business blogging. I thought I would link to it as most lawyers to whom I recommend a blog, are, by their nature, very cautious. Hope this helps.
The guide takes the approach that the gray areas involving intellectual property, defamation, privacy, and media access shouldn’t stop folks from blogging. Says the EFF: “Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Internet bullies shouldn’t use the law to stifle legitimate free expression. That’s why EFF created this guide, compiling a number of FAQs designed to help you understand your rights and, if necessary, defend your freedom.”