I think some of what gets written about her situation comes from a 'there but for the grace' perspective which is understandable.
However this part of her original lawsuit should scare the heck out of any journalist.
Jacobson's lawsuit initially named as defendants CBS-2, Stebic's neighbor Tracy Reardon, and Weldon, the journalism professor. (The claims against Weldon were later folded into the claims against CBS-2; she is no longer being sued individually.)
The idea that someone who offered an opinion to a reporter about a subject could later get sued seems like it would have a chilling effect on anyone offering a professional opinion. I guess I don't understand why the journalists havent talked about that.