… but under the proposed criteria for letting bloggers have lobby passes, I wonder if several existing lobby pass holders should lose theirs:
The general criteria we would agree with is that the person applying for the pass should be a proper journalist with a track record of journalism; that they should be operating for a respectable news organisation or website with a reasonably large number of subscribers or viewers; and that they should be using the pass for the purposes of journalism, rather than coming in and commenting on stuff. [PR Week]
Note particularly the bits about not just commenting and having a decent audience…
UPDATE: Although PR Week‘s David Singleton tips Jonathan Isaby as the first blogger recipient of a lobby pass, sources tell me (you see, I can do this journalism lark too) that passes are on their way to the Guy News TV team. It’s an off-shoot of the Guido Fawkes blog though, unlike the blog, the online TV show becoming legally based in the UK. Even so, given its very irreverent attitude to politics, this is a move that isn’t being met with universal adulation from the existing lobby members.