This week we’ve heard from a few blonde reporters who want to tighten up the rules on obtaining Capitol Hill press passes. In other words, reporters who work for organizations they say mix advocacy and reporting might be SOL if they have anything to say about it. The blondes who want to take your freedoms away are Bloomberg‘s Kate Hunter and CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Ethridge.
But late yesterday, a new refreshing voice entered the mix. That of The Detroit News‘ Marisa Schlutz, whose campaign platform sounds quite delightful. She wants to make your ‘harried work life a little easier,” she writes.
Voting on the Standing Committee of Correspondents happens Thursday.
See Marisa’s letter…
As many of you know, this Thursday, Jan. 16, is the election for the Standing Committee of Correspondents, the vital body that approves press credentials and oversees gallery staff. I’m running for one of two open slots and I’d be thrilled to have your support.
I’m committed to protecting the access journalists enjoy throughout the Capitol and to improve that access whenever possible. I realize some of you work almost exclusively on the Hill while others are juggling beats and may come up less frequently. My intention is to be a voice for all, doing what I can to make your harried work life a little easier.
Members of the daily press gallery can vote from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday at the House Press Gallery, Room H-315. Just a reminder, you must vote for two candidates for your ballot to be counted.
I look forward to hearing your suggestions or questions. Please send them my way.
The Detroit News Washington Bureau