Back in December 2008, I read a blog interview with Carolyn Bivens regarding Social Media and Equality. In it she said, “We recognize the importance of reaching today’s youth and our global fanbase via social networking sites, and continue to explore opportunities for us in this emerging arena. We recently have established Facebook, Twitter and YouTube sites.”
Well, I just learned today that Ms. Bivens now recognizes social media as more than just a place for the LPGA to play with children. The LPGA will now credential bloggers to cover LPGA events.
Wow! This is a major breakthrough and so I just had to write Ms. Bivens a thank you note…
Dear Ms. Bivens:
Let me be the first to congratulate you on credentialling non-traditional media for LPGA coverage. As a “citizen journalist” focused on the sport of golf, I am thrilled to see the LPGA take a positive and progressive stance towards bloggers.
I cannot speak for my fellow blogging buddies, but I for one, am impressed. Just as the LPGA was one step ahead of the PGA in instituting drug testing, you have demonstrated that you recognize the value of social media in the coverage of your sport. Well done!
ps: BTW…would it be possible to get press credentials into PGA events where an LPGA player has a sponsor exemption? I am sure we’ll see your newest LPGA’er Michelle Wie there again soon 😉