I sometimes tape events in my local community (parades, ceremonies, sporting events, etc.), with the goal of selling a DVD of the chronicled event to the participants. These events are generally open to the public and are sometimes covered by the local newspaper and limited access cable TV station. My question is, am I considered a journalist? The main reason I ask this is because I am not given the same courtesies as the newspaper photographer or cable TV cameraman, such as preferred access to these events.
I am selling a DVD, but the newspaper is selling their paper as well as selling the pictures they take, via their website. The cable TV company does the same thing. If they cover a local high school football game you can buy a DVD copy of the game.
I just want a fair shake at making a buck.