“Press Passes” for bloggers

Now that’s innovative. The test in New York of being a journalist will depend on what you do rather than who you work for.

And it’s a trend that is spreading.

“More and more, they are looking for folks who have a track record. They are fully aware that mode of dissemination should not make a difference. They are fully aware of the fact that, in this day and age, income makes no difference. So what they’re looking for tends to be some evidence of experience.”

“Certainly you can’t give credentials to everybody with a computer.”

— Lucy Dalglish, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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2 Replies to ““Press Passes” for bloggers”

  1. Good! What you do is what you do, regardless of who you work for. A reporter at the Enquirer broke the John Edwards story, right? Engadget has repeatedly corrected professional journalists on their mistakes.
    There should be some criteria for inclusion, as anyone can set up a Blogger account, but once again everyone is hung up on semantics. Politics Daily is a “blog” with a full-time staff made up of many journalists from respected papers who couldn’t keep their staff due to budgets.

  2. I’d consider Engadget writers professional journalists, just like CNET or PC Mag or PC World or tech sites.
    Yeah, affiliation shouldn’t be the only factor.

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