A State-by-State Report
The issue of credentialing members of the media has been a topic of discussion in several states over the past year. With the demise of many newspapers across the country, bloggers and social journalists have filled the gaps or holes left by reporters who covered the statehouse as a beat. NCSL has polled members of the Legislative Information and Communications (LINCS) staff section to see how each state credentials media and social journalists.
LINCS members were also provided the opportunity to add any thoughts/recommendations on how to provide media credentialing. The responses have been posted below. LINCS members work in both partisan and non-partisan offices in state legislatures across the country. LINCS members have various public information or media relations responsibilities, including public information officers, press secretaries, broadcast staff, writers, producers and civic education directors. If you would like to include your state's policy regarding media access and credentialing, please contact NCSL with further questions or concerns.
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Media Access and Credentialing
Sources: NCSL; members of the Legislative Information and Communications (LINCS) Staff Section; TN Media Access to State Legislatures, 2007.