“The First Amendment right to gather news is, as the Court has often noted, not one that inures solely to the benefit of the news media; rather, the public’s right of access to information is coextensive with that of the press.” – United States Court of Appeals For the First Circuit, August 26, 2011.”
So given that, we bloggers, journalist, reporters, facebook posters and picture takers should all be on equal ground with anyone else carrying a so-called “official” press credentials who think they have more clout than John Q. Public when it comes to information and reporting.
It’s official. I am an official reporter and journalist for the springfieldcolorado.com local news blog and I have a press I.D. to prove it. It is official because it is authorized by me to me and it says so right on the card.
In spite of this, I am still declaring, “We don’t need no stinking press passes.” We are all reporters these days what with our blogs, our I-phones and our facebook pages.