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Nearly 30 Web Sites Given Access, Tools To Cover NASCARDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 17, 2009) – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) today announced the members of the newly-formed “NASCAR Citizen Journalists Media Corps.” This group of new media consists of a range of professional and amateur experience covering NASCAR. One common theme is that each site is dedicated to providing information about NASCAR to a growing readership.“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response since our initial announcement to form the NASCAR Citizen Journalist Media Corps last month,” said NASCAR Managing Director of Corporate Communications Ramsey Poston. “More voices speaking about NASCAR is good for the sport and is fan friendly. We intend to make the most of the changing media landscape.”"The National Motorsports Press Association comprises journalists dedicated to informing the public about motorsports,’’ said Dustin Long, president of the NMPA. “We welcome citizen journalists to the media center in hopes that it increases the depth of knowledge of the fan base.’’“The sport is there, the fans are there, the need for information is there," said Jim Pedley, managing editor of Racintoday.com and NASCAR Citizen Journalists Media Corps member. "As more and more fans turn from newspapers to new sources for their racing information, and as more websites become more professional, NASCAR had to take notice and act. You've got to believe the fans will be the beneficiaries."After a lengthy review process, which included evaluating independent Web sites on professionalism, reporting and commentary, and use of social networking tools, 28 sites were invited to be part of the new media corps. In addition, NASCAR Public Relations has launched a page on Delicious.com (http://delicious.com/NASCARSays) that provides links to each of the Citizen Journalists web sites.Members of the corps will have the opportunity to apply for media credentials but like all media, will be expected to abide by the standards of professional conduct (i.e. no autographs, photos with drivers, etc.) They will also have access to other media-driven events and teleconferences and NASCAR’s media-only website. NASCAR will provide access to the information, it’s up to the journalists to tell the story.The traditional media that cover the sport on a day-to-day basis will continue to be the cornerstone of NASCAR news and information. However, as traditional news coverage continues to decline across the board for all sports, it is important to recognize the emerging media sources that provide unique points of view to growing audiences. The Citizen Journalists Media Corps includes:Autoracing1.com/nascar.asp Badgroove.com/ Benchracing.onpitrow.com Bleacherreport.com/nascar Bump-drafts.com Catchfence.com Dalyplanet.blogspot.com Everyjoe.com/topic/auto-racing Thefastandthefabulous.com Finallapradio.com 4ever3blog.com Frontstretch.com Greenwhitechecker.typepad.com/greenwhitechecker Haddockinthepaddock.com Hardcoreracefans.com InsiderRacingNews.com Paddocktalk.com Racedriven.com Racejournalonline.com Racetake.com Racingnewsdigest.com Racintoday.com Rowdy.com Rubbingsracing.com Speedwaymedia.com Thehotlap.com Theracinggeek.com TruckSeries.com For More Information, Contact:Ramsey Poston, NASCAR Public Relations, (386) 681-4353 or [email protected].
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I work with one of the guys who runs a blog on that list, and I'm glad NASCAR recognized that what he's doing isn't run-of-the-mill work. He's always finding ways to get to races, even as he got squeezed from helping with our coverage -- both in print and online -- because of other responsibilities.NASCAR is wise for doing this, and for not simply handing out this access to anyone.
Let's see how many of these people are still going to races a year from now. The travel expenses and work involved will separate the fanboys from the viable.
I'd be interested to know whether the veterans in this group object to being called citizen journalists.
Quote from: Johnny Dangerously on July 19, 2009, 09:25:11 AMI'd be interested to know whether the veterans in this group object to being called citizen journalists. Hate it. Even told NASCAR I hated it.
Years ago, some music critic wrote of the phrase rock 'n' roll, and I'm paraphrasing here "Any term that can simultaneously explain Elvis Presley and the Velvet Underground is essentially meaningless."I would say the same thing of "NASCAR citizen journalist" if it can simultaneously explain www.racintoday.com and www.badgroove.com.
Quote from: rpmmutant on July 19, 2009, 11:40:12 PMQuote from: Johnny Dangerously on July 19, 2009, 09:25:11 AMI'd be interested to know whether the veterans in this group object to being called citizen journalists. Hate it. Even told NASCAR I hated it. But did they actually call you first? I know of at least one person who also hates being on the list but was never called to say he was on there...plus I assume you already get all the access you need considering your background, so what's the point, in NASCAR's view, of being on the list?
Quote from: tapintoamerica on July 21, 2009, 07:19:31 PMWonder how many on that list will take on the Mayfield story ......Or 100 other stories. I want to see a citizen journalist interview The Shrub after a 39th-place finish in a race.
Wonder how many on that list will take on the Mayfield story ......
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