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Indy 500 says no to BLOGS!

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Bob Cook, Apr 26, 2007.

  1. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member


    Frankly, given how things have gone for the Indy 500 the past 10 years, it needs every interested media party it can get. I'm not sure it's in the position to turn down anybody anymore, for any reason.
  2. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Agreed. Some real back-assward thinking.
  3. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    It is too late to apply for credentials though ... by 10 days. If you want to staff the event, do it the right way.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    True enough, Bubbler. One way to gain credibility would be to establish contact well in advance, not two weeks before activity begins at a three-week long event.

    The Indianapolis Motor Speedway media folks are about as helpful as you'll find in sports, and I'd say they are very generous with their credentials. Every hamlet in the state with a paper and every niche motorsport publication gets a chair in their massive press rooms. But you've gotta draw the line somewhere. IMS has its own in-house video production and it is their right to not let every joe with a videocamera inside. As for the BLOG's complaints about the US Grand Prix, that event is out of the Speedway's hands when it comes to media. Getting credentials for F1 is extremely tough, they thumb their noses at darn near everybody.

    And no, I don't work for the track. But I'll spend a boatload of time there the next few months...
  5. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Not me. Bernie Ecclestone kisses my ass. :D

    That was one part of the blog I did find mysterious. To my knowledge, the deadline for the USGP has not passed. But you're right, it's extremely difficult to get approved for that race.
  6. Clerk Typist

    Clerk Typist Guest

    It's May 10 for USGP credential requests to be postmarked. IMS sends them on to the FIA. The U.S. gets 40 print reporter credentials.
    I think Sullivan saw this guy as a fan (or a fan's producer), and given the yahoos that populate the track in May, I can't say I blame him. The 500 deadline is passed, but if the NY Times wanted to add a reporter, I don't think there would be a problem, even though the mammoth press room is actually very crowded on race day. And you don't want to know about the smaller press room before that.
    IMS has handled Brickyard 400 credentials in the past and will still, unless NASCAR's taken that over, which I doubt. Application time hasn't started yet.
  7. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Uh, blog dude, just buy some tix (or get someone to give them to you) and smuggle your little camcorder in there anyway. Film away til someone makes you stop. That's real citizen journalism -- and will show what kind of fun the "average" person in Indy can do.
  8. SoSueMe

    SoSueMe Active Member

    I love it. Another loss for bloggers. Back to the basement and turn on the TV.
  9. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    I think dude applied late on purpose. If he gets credentialed, all is well. If he doesn't, he can create a stink that would generate more publicity for his site than just going to the Indy 500.
  10. crimsonace

    crimsonace Well-Known Member

    Last year, the Indy 500 told us to cut back our amount of requests because of space (and IMS has a HUGE media center), so methinks they're not hurting too much for interest right now.

    The Indy 500 isn't quite what it used to be in terms of attention in the overall world, but as far as racing journos go, it still seems like *everybody* is there.
  11. MGoBlue

    MGoBlue Member

    So what. I don't read blogs, anyway. A waste of time.
  12. I wouldn't say blogs are a waste of time. There are a lot of beat reporters out there who write great blogs that give fresh information and some even use it to post breaking news. Doesn't sounds like a waste of time to me.
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