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Submission + - Bloggers vs. Journalists - Access denied!

An anonymous reader writes: ADC over at the Application Delivery Networking blog had an interesting take on bloggers vs. journalists and why bloggers shouldn't complain when they don't get access from vendors. Her post was a response to a complaint on Mark Evans' blog about why Nortel wouldn't give him access, despite the fact that he's the only blogger that focuses solely on Nortel.

Among other things, ADC says:
"You probably aren't aware of the hierarchy out there amidst the media community. Access to information from vendors is based on your status within the hierarchy. The information a member of the press gets from a vendor is different from what's given to an analyst and is different than what a blogger is going to receive. Bloggers are not journalists and most are certainly not analysts. They can be a channel through which information is disseminated, making them invaluable to the folks in the trenches, true, but they can also be dangerous because they aren't bound by any rules. And that's what you're missing because you've not been a member of the press — you don't "get" the hierarchy and how information is disseminated through the ranks. And guess where bloggers fall? Yup. Stand up straight, there, private!"

It's an interesting take on the role of the blogosphere and their relationships with vendors. As a tech PR guy, I can tell you that ADC hits the nail right on the head about vendors' tenuous relationship with bloggers.

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