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The Supreme Court Building is seen, Thursday, March 5, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

SCOTUSblog will appeal Senate’s denial of press pass

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The U.S. Senate Press Gallery denied SCOTUSblog's request for a press pass last week. "We were disappointed in that decision," SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein writes in a blog post. The publication plans to appeal:
We do not have a written list of the reasons for the denial, which makes the process more difficult. Our impression is also that the appeal may go to the same group that denied the application in the first place. If the appeal is denied, then we expect to litigate the issue. We’re now coordinating all those efforts with other groups that kindly have offered to support us.
A Senate Press Gallery credential is usually a prerequisite for a Supreme Court press pass, which SCOTUSblog still, somewhat inexplicably, lacks. The Senate granted the publication a press pass last April. "We then presented that credential to the Supreme Court, thinking that the issue was resolved," Goldstein writes, but the court declined to recognize it. “We are in the process of reviewing our credentialing procedures and are not issuing new credentials until that process is complete,” court public information officer Kathleen Arberg told Poynter last fall.

A reporter snapped this photo on the wall of the Supreme Court press room last October; it shows who has permanent credentials (click to view bigger). (more...)
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SCOTUSblog still lacks Supreme Court credentials

SCOTUSblog still lacks its own press credentials to cover the Supreme Court, whose new term began Monday. Reached by email, SCOTUSblog Publisher Tom Goldstein said that after his organization in April received a credential to cover the U.S. Senate, which the court had suggested, "they were going to reevaluate their credentialing policy." That reevaluation is apparently taking a while: "They say they have no expectations of when that will be done," Goldstein writes.

The Supreme Court's public information office is operating during the government shutdown, a representative told Poynter in a phone call Monday. In an email, court public information officer Kathleen Arberg said, "We are in the process of reviewing our credentialing procedures and are not issuing new credentials until that process is complete." (more...)
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Stein en route on Monday (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Why SCOTUSblog’s intern was running toward MSNBC

Dan Stein's monster hustle getting opinions from the Supreme Court pressroom to TV crews this week has become the toast of the Internet: BuzzFeed's Benny Johnson saluted Stein's "masterful technique" and wrote that his "fluttering tie truly makes this a special moment." Slate led its story about the Supreme Court's decision on the Voting Rights Act Tuesday with a picture of Stein's black dress shoes hovering over the court steps, his face exuding determination. (more...)
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NBC News supplements Supreme Court coverage with one-glance site

As the court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday morning and declined to rule on a case involving California's Prop 8, NBC News supplemented its usual coverage with a single-serving site called IsThereSCOTUSDecision.com.



Ryan Osborn, NBC News' vice president for digital innovations, says his team threw together the one-glancer in four hours this past Sunday and "we’ve seen a nice little reaction." It was inspired, he said, by sites like HowManyPeopleAreInSpaceRightNow.com and the Guardian's Is There White Smoke site during March's papal conclave. (more...)
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SCOTUSblog gets a Peabody Award

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SCOTUSblog is among the winners of the 72nd-annual Peabody Awards, announced Wednesday. It's the first blog to receive a Peabody, Amy Howe writes in an announcement on the site. "[T]he website provides everything you ever wanted to know about the U.S. Supreme Court and its cases but didn’t know where to look," the awards announcement reads. SCOTUSblog joins ABC's Hurricane Sandy coverage, WVIT-TV's coverage of the Sandy Hook massacre and Kelly McEvers and Deborah Amos' coverage of Syria on NPR in the winner's circle. Local TV stations picked up a good amount of hardware: WTHR-TV in Indianapolis, KMGH-TV in Denver and KNXV-TV in Phoenix all received Peabodys. The awards are scheduled to be presented on May 20. Here's a list of all the winners. Previously: SCOTUSblog tries again to get credentialed to cover the Supreme Court | Why it’s so hard for SCOTUSblog to get Supreme Court press credentials | SCOTUSblog details in 7,000 words how CNN, Fox got Health Care ruling wrong | Who was first with healthcare ruling depends on where you were looking
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Roundup of same-sex marriage explainers

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in two cases involving gay marriage: Hollingsworth v. Perry, which addresses the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, and United States v. Windsor, which examines several dimensions of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

People who've been camped out outside the court are sick of reporters' questions, Ben Terris reports. "At one point I had 16 people around me all asking me questions at the same time," blogger Jason Wanacott tells Terris.

For anyone who can't make it to the court, an explainer of the issues before the court is the next best thing. And gosh, are there a lot of them. Here are a just a few: (more...)
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SCOTUSblog tries again to get credentialed to cover the Supreme Court

SCOTUSblog has again applied for press credentials to the U.S. Senate's Daily Press Gallery, the first step for the blog gaining its own press credentials to cover the U.S. Supreme Court. "We are just beginning on it, and it will take a while for us to vet it," Press Gallery director Joe Keenan tells Poynter in an email.

SCOTUSblog publisher Tom Goldstein previously told Poynter's Mallary Tenore "his understanding from staff conversations with the Senate Press Gallery was that SCOTUSblog wouldn’t qualify because it doesn’t have broad-based advertising."

Linda Greenhouse wrote Wednesday night that the blog's sponsorship by Bloomberg might get it through the gate: “We’d look at them all over again,” she reports Keenan told her, "noting that the gallery has changed substantially since my own brief stint covering Congress in the mid-1980’s." (more...)
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