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Want to be a journalist in Michigan? Get ready to apply for your state license

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Starman, May 28, 2010.

  1. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member


    Speaks for itself.

    ...You need a license to buy a dog, or drive a car. Hell, you need a license to catch a fish! But they'll let any butt-reaming asshole be a journalist.

    :eek: :eek:
  2. CR19

    CR19 Member

    Re: Want to be a journalist in Michigan? Get ready to apply for your state licen

    This freaking law is VOLUNTARY? What idiotic journalist would consider putting themselves through this if they don't even need to be registered?
  3. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Well, consider the source (both of them).

    Anybody refusing to apply would immediately be assailed as having "something to hide."
  4. CR19

    CR19 Member

    Re: Want to be a journalist in Michigan? Get ready to apply for your state licen

    That's a good point. Still, you would basically be paying the government for better access to officials (through licensing and application fees). I remember when the Washington Post tried to sell access to reporters through some type of reception, and there was an uproar from the journalism community. I can't imagine this is any different than that, except that you're switching the roles.
  5. Isn't there some sort of "licensing system" -- for lack of a better term -- in the UK?
  6. CR19

    CR19 Member

    There's nothing right now in the UK, if I'm not mistaken.
  7. Shoeless Joe

    Shoeless Joe Active Member

    "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
  8. Hank_Scorpio

    Hank_Scorpio Active Member

    How exactly is a state that's hurting for money going to pay for regulators to check out these reporters?
  9. TwoGloves

    TwoGloves Active Member

    Well, I can't meet the first two stiuplations. Maybe I'll just say I'm not a journalist, I'm a shit disturber. And what does a newbie do if he/she hasn't won any awards yet? What a load of bullshit.
  10. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

  11. WolvEagle

    WolvEagle Active Member

    Patterson is a tool, and that's putting it kindly. Part of his district is in our paper's coverage area. He refuses to talk to us because we reported a while back how he'd bully people and treat them poorly. He's a big, intimidating blowhard who is trying to take swipes at the media before he's term-limited out of office in December. We're not the only media outlet the buffoon has taken swipes at.

    This is the same guy who also recently proposed a bill that would require a deposit on purchasing newspapers, just like pop/beer bottles/cans are regulated in Michigan. OK, pal.

    December can't come soon enough for this clown.
  12. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Bruce Patterson is still in office?
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