For the citizen journalists out there (e,g, bloggers), a dream has been to be credentialed to follow a NFL team and reach NFL Nirvana: being credentialed to cover the Super Bowl.
Impossible? Pipe dream? For the most part yes. But, there are opportunities this year thanks to Bleacher Report and CBSSports.com through their newly launched NFL Correspondent Network:
I would apply but for two reasons. One is that Atlanta and Flowery Branch are a bit too far away for me to be able to cover the Falcons on a regular basis. The other is that this site has been "blackballed" by CBS Sports for being critical of some of their practices. So it is not likely that I would be selected (hey I have to be a realist).
We’re thrilled to announce an exciting new initiative being brought to you by CBSSports.com and BleacherReport.com. The CBSSports.com NFL Correspondent Network is a unique opportunity whereby aspiring sports journalists will be given the opportunity to provide in-depth coverage of NFL teams as fully credentialed members of the press corps.
CBSSports.com and Bleacher Report will select one writer to follow each of the NFL’s 32 teams from the club’s training camp and practices through their regular season and playoff games. The reporters covering the AFC and NFC Champions will also be credentialed to cover Super Bowl XLIV for CBSSports.com and BleacherReport.com.
Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of written work submitted during the evaluation period, as well as education and prior journalism experience. The program is open to any qualified applicant, including the large and dedicated communities of bloggers and writers at CBSSports.com and BleacherReport.com.
This blending of traditional journalism with sports citizen reporting is totally unprecedented—especially on this scale. The combination of CBSSports.com’s impeccable editorial standards and deep ties to the NFL with Bleacher Report’s rich and prolific network of writing talent will result in unparalleled live coverage of NFL teams on a local level.
Please feel free to submit an application and forward this post to any interested friends or coworkers. Applications are currently being accepted. For more information, please browse to:
But that does not mean that any of you should not follow your dreams.
Go for it!
NFL Correspondents Network Application