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PBS’ MediaShift Story on Bloggers, Journalists Features OhioNews Bureau Credential Rejection Case

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Mark Glaser, host of MediaShift, a Public Broadcasting System Weblog devoted to tracking how new media are changing society and culture, posted an informative story Thursday about the blurring of the distinction between bloggers and journalists.

Glaser, a self-described journalist, critic, facilitator and new media expert, said that the “time-worn debate of Bloggers vs. Journalists has finally run its course.” He made his case that while “the extremists in this argument have had the stage shouting at each other,” the reality of this range war is that “mainstream media reporters have started blogging in droves, while larger blog operations have hired seasoned reporters and focused on doing traditional journalism."

Judge Rules Ohio Curbs on Voter Registration Drives Unenforceable

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: US District Judge Kathleen O’Malley imposed a permanent injunction Tuesday against enforcement of certain provisions of Ohio’s 2006 election law that imposed curbs on voter registration drives she ruled violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Because they impede the purpose and intent of these statutes, O’Malley declared them unenforceable.

The case, Project Vote v. Blackwell, originally filed in May 2006 on behalf of nonprofit groups who were conducting voter registration drives in Ohio, challenged several provisions of Ohio House Bill 3, enacted in 2006, as well as the Secretary of State’s implementation of those provisions.

In a phone interview with ePluribus Media's Ohio News Bureau, Renee Paradis, counsel at the Democracy Program at The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University of Law, said that the groups who brought the lawsuit were Acorn, Project Vote, People for the American Way, Common Cause and the Community of Faith Assemblies Church of Cleveland.

OhioNews Bureau Covers SOTS Speech, Despite More Statehouse Press Corps Rejections

OhioNews Bureau

ONB COLUMBUS: Despite the unexplained, follow-the-leader rejections given by the six members of the board of the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association (OLCA) that prevented me from obtaining a one-day only media pass to report on the State of the State speech given in Columbus Wednesday, I covered the speech from the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives, nonetheless.