Gridiron opens doors to First Online Journalist


The Gridiron Club, one of journalism’s most elite organizations, accepted an online journalist for the first time in its 124-year existence: Slate’s John Dickerson.

Dickerson, who spent 12 years at Time before joining Slate, was elected at last Friday’s meeting, according to a Gridiron Club officer. Dickerson’s not just the only member writing primarily for an online publication, but he’s also a bona fide Twitter superstar.

“I’m honored to have been asked,” Dickerson said over e-mail. “That I’m the first online journalist seems the inevitable result of the evolution of our business. I’ve been assured that this doesn’t mean what it does at my house: that I’ll now be in charge of tech support.”

While journalism has been migrating to the Web for well for over a decade, change comes slowly to the Gridiron. And yet, things have been loosening up a bit in the past few years. In 2004, the Gridiron changed the club’s bylaws to let in journalists not from just newspapers and wire services.

Read More: by Michael Calderone, Politico


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