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Credential Dispute Sparks Editors Meeting with MLB

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Credential Dispute Sparks Editors Meeting with MLB

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A group of top news and sports editors is planning to meet with Major League Baseball this week to discuss a string of new restrictions on media credentials that editors contend are an unfair limitation on Web-related reporting.

The new restrictions, which take effect later this month when the 2008 season begins, include: a 72-hour limit on posting photos after games; a seven-photo limit on the number of photos posted from a game while it is in progress; a 120-second limit on video length from game-related events; and a ban on live or recorded audio and video from game-related events posted 45 minutes before the start of a game through the end.

"I am really unclear about what they are trying to accomplish with that one," John Cherwa, Tribune Company sports coordinator and sports special projects editor at the Orlando Sentinel, said about the 45-minute rule.

Cherwa, who is also chief legal affairs coordinator for Associated Press Sports Editors, is one of several APSE officials planning to meet Wednesday with MLB executives. Others include AP Sports Editor Terry Taylor; Mike Fannin, Kansas City Star managing editor/sports and features; Editor Tim Franklin of The Sun in Baltimore; Editor Henry Freeman of The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y.; and Garry Howard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel assistant managing editor/sports.

"This is all about limiting what any of us can do on the Internet with our property," says Taylor of AP. "It is no different than telling a newspaper what it can print. …

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