Kukla's Korner Hockey
from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,
Credentialed bloggers usually enjoy the same access as a newspaper or radio reporter on a game night: a seat in the press box, fresh popcorn and access to the teams’ dressing rooms for postgame interviews. They cover the game, pass information to their audience, and have done so for the last several years without many incidents of unprofessional behavior, despite approaching the coverage from a fan’s perspective.
Yet several prominent NHL franchises, including the New York Rangers and Edmonton Oilers, have strict “no blogger” policies in their arenas. They don’t see them as working journalists, and they certainly don’t see a need for them to have access to cramped locker rooms after the game.
On Monday, these teams emphatically voiced those concerns during an annual preseason conference call between NHL executives and team media-relations directors. Their issue: If my team doesn’t credential bloggers in its home arena, why should bloggers haves access to my team’s locker room on the road?
In essence, these teams wish to see bloggers become a second-class citizenry in the press box: Given a ‘B-grade’ credential that allows them on press row and in the home-team dressing room, but prohibits them from interacting with players from the visiting team if that team has a policy against alt-media access.
Hockey on my mind, even in the heat of summer.
Read my NHL.com blog for my views.
I figured IwoCPO should announce this one at A2Y.
Do remember, when the new KK arrives in September, KK members will have the ability to block any KK blog from appearing on the KK Homepage but if you wish, you can still visit the blog directly by going to the homepage of that blog.
More bloggers will be announced in the coming weeks and do remember, if you applied for a blogging position, I highly recommend now is the time to submit a sample of your work at the KK Member Blog.
Irritated, grumpy, grouchy, whatever you call it, I just need hockey back.
Check out my NHL.com blog today.
I’ve started asking a few people to submit a story in the KK Member Blog and I have also noticed a few people have decided to use that area on their own too.
If you have applied for a blogging position and have not been contacted, don’t worry, you will be in the next few days.
I’m also asking KK members/readers to take a look at the posts there and feel free to leave a comment on any blog submission.
I have many questions and need your answers.
Also, a good way to get the hockey talk going in August.
Check out my NHL.com blog today.
On August 1, 2006, I did my first blog at NHL.com.
I still pinch myself everyday and today, I review some of the emails I have received over the years.
It may be late July but I am thinking hockey today at my NHL.com blog.
I answered a few questions from readers regarding all things Twitter at my NHL.com blog today.
The off-ice action will soon pick up. Read about at my NHL.com blog today.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
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