SCOTUSBlog is not only seeking press credentials but also a buyer. See. LexBlog post by clicking here.
This blog is well-respected and a valuable tool for the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) practitioner and follower. However, where is the line drawn between lawyer and journalist, or both?
Well, the blog is looking for press credentials, and now as the funding from Bloomberg of approximately $500,000 per year is about to end, it’s also looking for buyer.
However, as the news story notes, the SCOTUS Blog may have increased the owner’s visibility and expertise by way of the legal publications and analysis contained in the blog’s posts and pages for not only the owner but contributors, it has not been a success as an overt marketing tool of folks seeking to hire that blogger.
Since I have been doing this (Kentucky Court Report) now for nearly a decade, and at a cost much less than $500,000 per year, I thought the story was intriguing at best and disheartening at worst. Where is my Bloomberg parachute? Heck, would they pay me just just half that much to keep my little enterprise running?
I am much more efficient, costing me under $500 per year in domain name, site hosting, and WordPress themes and plug-ins. I save nearly $499,500 by doing all the IT work, writing, photographs, editorializing, and philosophizing.
Well, as this frog dreams of being a king, the blog keeps on going.
Hope you have enjoyed the weekly COA minutes, monthly SCOKY minutes, the occasional video of SCOKY arguments, the discretionary review grants (with links to SC case info, COA case info and decision – my touch), and the monthly summaries; all of which are complimentary “borrowings” from our friends at the AOC.
I have added my own twists to the discretionary review grants, and one day (with the cooperation of our AOC friends would like to see a separate blog page for each discretionary review grant containing links to the case information at SC and COA and the underlying COA decision. Imagine the utility of the page also containing a link to the COA and SC oral arguments, the COA and the SC briefs, the Statement of Appeal, motions, post-decision audio interviews with the attorneys, underlying case verdict and instructions. Imagine much of the writing by the attorneys themselves with links to their own web sites for marketing purposes (not to mention search engine optimization for their sites and this one — hoorah!).
Oh well, I digress. I have a dream for the utility of the site.
I have the technology, but not the time or the money