Laura Freschi and Bill Easterly are upset because the World Bank doesn’t consider them journalists:
This morning we learned that the World Bank does not consider bloggers journalists. According to Bank policy, it won’t give press accreditation to bloggers, denying them access to the media briefing center where new reports are released under embargo before they are published for the public.
Can we tone down the hubris a little bit? I’m a blogger and I don’t think we’re journalists at all (and we should’t necessarily see that as a bad thing). We perform some of the same functions, and sometimes get treated similarly (usually by organizations trying to get their message out), but we should remember that this `profession’ also includes people who post awkward family photos or blog about how boring their lives are.
It’s a medium that’s still finding its feet, although it is a million times stronger than it was ten years ago. Aid Watch is upset because they aren’t getting the same treatment as the New York Times. I think the day that bloggers start getting treated like regular media, we should be very, very afraid.