There was a great article this week by Tim Marchman advocating that MLB reassesses who does and doesn’t warrant press credentials. He make the point that I enthusiastically agree with that the content of the work should weigh heavier than the distribution mechanism. I couldn’t agree more.
He also astutely points out that not everyone needs the same access and beat writers can still be given special consideration.
The one thing the current system has going for it is that it is objective. If you’re online only, especially independent, you’re out. It doesn’t get messy with subjective reviews of writer’s portfolio’s. Of course that makes for a time consuming endeavor that media relations folks currently don’t have the time to do. But still, there has to be something better.
There’s some great discussion around this at:BBTF’s Newsblog Discussion :: N.Y. Sun: Marchman: Time To Recognize the Online Reporters