Attention, bloggers! Did you know that you can now apply for media accreditation with the Philippine Commission on Elections (Comelec) for the upcoming 2016 National, Local and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)?
In addition to the 14 other media practitioners already recognised as media in the 2010 and 2013 Philippine elections, bloggers have been added to the list as per Comelec resolution No. 10073 promulgated on Thursday March 10.
But bloggers need to meet certain requirements to be accredited.
Given the Comelec’s definition of ‘media representatives’ as being those “who are actively engaged in the pursuit of information gathering and reporting or distribution, in any manner or form”, these requirements include: The blogger should be a member of a website reporting team, a contributor of online relevant articles for the the last six months, and the blogsite or website (on which the articles are published) are well established with regular updates of original articles – not just links or forums- and can show an “acceptable level of readership”.
Obviously, the blogs as basis for accreditation should deal with politics, elections or related topics.
Accredited media representatives are given free access to polling places, voting centers and canvassing centers for purposes of observing and reporting on election events and processes.
*** Image: Screenshot of a blog on the Philippines 2010 National Elections