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March 3, 2010
'Shoe Leather' Bloggers Eligible for New York Press Cards

Bloggers who devote shoe leather to their craft are now eligible for New York City press cards. Thus, the media world officially expands beyond hallowed newsrooms, at least in Gotham.

New York's City Hall announced bloggers who can show they have "covered, in person, six news events where the City has restricted access, within the two-year period preceding the application" will be granted press credentials. Bloggers will also be eligible for "reserve cards" and "single event" press cards if they have pre-registered and need the credentials to cover a single event.  

A public comment period on the changes is running through April 7, when a hearing on the new rules will be held at New York's police headquarters in Lower Manhattan.  

Not many bloggers are expected to qualify for the new press cards. But their symbolic importance, resulting from their mere existence, is obvious. New York's fourth estate has been extended to computer desktops, so long as they have actively engaged shoes under them.

We thank Mediabistro for the lead on this piece.

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Doug Bedell has a background in journalism and PR and is the owner of Resource Relations LLC in Central PA, focusing on organizational and crisis communication. He’s the community manager of SimplyFair.net, a social network on fairness. On the Web, Doug’s at www.ResourceRelations.com. On Twitter, he’s @DougBeetle.
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