OK, our Metroblogging City Captain dropped me a note after I explained the whole “not media” thing. I initially thought I should just drop it and not get into some petty argument with our PIO. He said post it as whether bloggers are media or not is always debatable. For the record note I have gotten press credentials from other events as a “blogger” so at least the City of LA, the Auto Show and a couple of Corporations have issued press passes to me in the past. I may not be the best but at least I can meet minimum qualifications.
Briefly here is how it played out. I attended the city press conference regarding the gang warfare here. The city Principal Information Officer was giving transcripts of the mayors speech. Several of us asked for a copy and he replied “it is for media only”. I said, that’s fine “I am the media, I am frazgo at blogging.la and I happen to live here”. He said” I am familiar with your work, you are not media you do not get one” He turned around and walked away from me I said, “oh, can I quote you on that?”. He stopped for a second and then walked on.
Whatever I think to myself.
He walked away, chatted with someone on the council stage then came back handed me a copy and said “Since we are going for accuracy let it be known you are an advocate and we do not consider you media”. Whatever, I didn’t get thrown out. A got a copy of the transcript which wound up not being useful to me or of interest to you. I know there were other bloggers in the audience at the time so I wasn’t the only one.
So my question to you LA, is a “blogger” media or not?