“A lot of these guys are fairly partisan, so I have concerns about opening the full membership to people who are not in a traditional sense objective reporters,” John L. Micek, the president of the Pennsylvania Legislative Correspondentsâ€™ Association, told State Legislatures magazine in January.
I see your point, John, and I know your membership isn’t a fan of bloggers, but what’s the criteria here? It’s a closed system and we the public only get what you as reporters decide to feed us. If the traditional media spelled out some standards perhaps bloggers wouldn’t get so upset.
And I won’t go off on a Jeff Jarvis rant, but…information is free. The time is quickly coming where independent websites are going to be able to compete with traditional media. Which, by the way, is dying.