Wednesday, March 3, 2010

NYC to Treat Bloggers Like Journalists, by Giving Them Press Passes

City Hall just made life a little easier for bloggers who do shoe-leather reporting. New York City will now issue press passes to qualified online journalists, allowing them access to areas where the city restricts public access. We can thank blogger Rafael Martinez Alequin, who filed the lawsuit that precipitated the change.

Update: Gotham Gazette alerts us that two additional plaintiffs -- the Guardian Chronicle's Ralph E. Smith and's  David Wallis also pressed the case.

Before today, journalists who worked online were routinely denied press passes, presumably owing to antiquated definitions of what it means to work in media. Frankly, we're surprised it took this long. From today's announcement:

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