Do you really want credentials?

by Bill Ferris on May 3, 2006 · 3 comments

in Blogs & Journalism,Mainstream Media

While many bloggers are trying to get press credentials, Wil Leitch warns that it really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
No Cheering In The Press Box – Deadspin

You don’t want to be in a press box; it’s depressing and reeks of back sweat and pit stains. The freedom that’s unique to blogging is diametrically opposed, in our view, to the typical paradigm of Apply For Press Pass / Mingle With Public Relations Drones / Eat Free Buffet / Slowly Realize That Sports Isn’t Fun Anymore. MLB doesn’t want to credential bloggers because they think they can’t control them, which, ironically, is the exact opposite of the truth. Credentialing them is the best way to control them. It’s only a matter of time until they realize that’s true, at which time bloggers will enter the press box and immediately become the most hated people there, derided by reporters, flacks and players alike. Once you’re in the press box, you’re just a beat reporter, subject to the same organizational whims everyone else in there is. Trust us: It’s not worth it. The view’s better from the couch.