Row over ‘hobbyists’ press pass’

A row has erupted over unofficial press passes being sold by a citizen journalism website.

The UK Press Card Authority has issued a warning against Demotix, which describes itself as the “multi-award winning home of street journalism”.

UKPCA chairman Mike Grannatt said warned that the card looked genuine but was nothing more than a “hobbyists’ press pass”.

Demotix chief executive Turi Munthe defended his website. He told MediaGuardian: “I was a little upset to hear a community of journalists described as a bunch of hobbyists. I took umbrage for our community.

“These are serious reporters. We’ve verified each and every one, they’ve written 10 or more stories. We’re careful about the people we accredit.”

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 247 of Media Digest.

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