Old media reporters goes new media and hits the good ole boy wall as Kirk Ross found out when he left the Independent to write his insightful Exile On Jones Street blog.
At first all was just fine as the Indy was publishing articles from Exile as a weekly column. But after Ross became a front page blogger on BlueNC, he hit the wall.
The wall was/is the NC Capital Press Corps, an admittedly informal group with no written rules for membership. As a Indy reporter, Ross could probably be certified although he says he never tried. As a BlueNC frontpager, syndicated in at least two weeklies (Greensboro’s Yes! Weekly and Asheville’s Mountain Xpress), and blogger, he was suddenly considered a writer for an advocacy site. [I’m not quite right on this, Kirk has some clarification on this below in the comments].
Something seem wrong here? How about if I add that the head of the Press Corps is also a blogger? Mark Binker, a columnist for the Greensboro News and Record writes a good blog called Capital Beat. In fact, many members of the Press Corps blog and not all on their home paper’s site.
Kirk has the story from his side over on Exile. And readers at BlueNC are giving him suggestions and support.