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September 19, 2008


Erik Arneson

Here is a link to the CJR article (the one in the post above seems to be broken):

Karl Kurtz

The link in the original post has been fixed. Thanks for catching the problem, Erik.

John Wenzel

As someone that formerly worked for Ed, I appreciated his open-minded approach to defining our jobs. Practicality, in other words, was given room to trump formality -- which is the way it should be when you're covering a million different things.

Colorful writing, rigorous fact-checking and editing, relevant ideas, -- they're not the sole province of the printed word. That just happens to have been their home for a long time to a certain swath of writers.

Todd Engdahl

Hi Ed.

As an "old" journalist who's been in the middle of this issue, I think the question revolves less around format (paper vs. on screen) than it involves who the writer works for. At the Colorado Capitol, floor-access credentials currently handled by a reporters' committee. Writers for some non-traditional outlets - like me - have received credentials, but others - The Colorado Independent - have not because the credentialling committee decided their source of funding was too partisan.



when you were down here in Raleigh for the ABA thing did you happen to stumble upon laura leslie's blog? She is the reporter for WUNC (npr affiliate) and even though she only gets a few minutes of airtime a week, her blog is now one of the best sources for capitol news. To my knowledge, her employer doesn't pay her for that aspect of her coverage, but I (and others) would argue that it is one of the most important things she does. I don't know how they credential down here, but if it ever becomes a question of what format a journalist is engaged in (print, electronic etc.) we are in some serious trouble

Ed Smith

Todd - First, thanks for weighing in. You may be an "old" journalist, but you were the person who put The Denver Post online and dragged me into the web world at the same time.
The issue of correspondent groups issuing credentials is an interesting one, and a topic that Karl Kurtz here at NCSL has commented on.
But I still think it can be a problem for any group to decide who is a legitimate journalist and who is not. The press, like democracy, is a messy, chaotic process. I think erring on the side of letting everyone participate is the better route for open government.

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