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On May 23, SCOTUSblog comes to Capitol Hill to make its case for the congressional press credentials it says are key to its coverage of Supreme Court nominations and hearings related to the court’s budget.
The outcome, however, could extend beyond the case of SCOTUSblog, because it concerns the rules under which all journalists are credentialed to cover Congress and addresses recurring issues the rapidly changing media industry contends with.
More immediately at stake, though, are the congressional credentials of veteran reporter Lyle Denniston, who has been a journalist of the law for more than 66 years. All but 10 of those years have been spent covering the highest court in the land. Denniston has covered one-quarter of all of the Supreme Court justices, and he has reported on the entire careers on the bench of 10 of the justices.
Denniston is SCOTUSblog’s full-time reporter at the court and was issued a daily gallery credential through the blog in 2013, after a pursuit that spanned many years and required many modifications to the popular site to meet strict guidelines governing journalists’ access to the Capitol.
The Standing Committee of Correspondents for the Daily Press, an elected panel of five journalists that denied SCOTUSblog’s application for credentials in April, is giving SCOTUSblog the chance to appeal its decision during a public meeting on May 23 at 10:30 a.m. in the Capitol Visitor Center. Full story