For many reporters and commentators, has become an indispensable part of reporting on American government and politics. It is often the first to publish new opinions online, and the first source for professional and professorial commentary on new Supreme Court decision. Beyond simply covering Supreme Court decisions, SCOTUSblog also covers the court’s procedures, calendar, and the process of nominating and confirming new Justices of the Supreme Court.

But now SCOTUSblog has run yet again into a problem that plagues online media, that of official credentialing by institutions still tied to the paper-and-ink model of information distribution. It’s a problem with which I have my own experience. 

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