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The site history tells about the individual events and dates that led to the conception, and launching of Journey-Dave's Journey Tribute Page, and the current state of the Journey Zone, dating back to April 1999. The statistics consist of three graphs, listed below on this page. The site staff section contains the individual staff profiles of the current editors who work to bring this finished product to your web browser. Our accreditation graph (on this page) lists our past and present credentials and explains the methods whereby media outlets are accredited. Finally, our affiliation list contains our current commercial and friendly affiliations and our webring memberships.

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There is no central governmental news accreditation body nor any official accrediting process for media in the United States. This is probably due to the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which grants the media limited protection from government interference. Members of the press and media companies, therefore, are not accredited the way colleges are accredited. Media and press accreditation is an informal system whereby press outlets and their employees are granted limited credentials by individual venues and organizations in each media niche and at each level, with the government being one of those organizations (obviously with many levels of its own). For instance, Rolling Stone and Variety magazines are accredited media outlets for entertainment at an international level, because their employees have been issued credentials at rock shows and by TV stations and similar venues the world over. But those two magazines are probably not accredited when it comes to U.S. Politics in that it is doubtful that their employees have access to the White House Press room, for instance, or the House of Representatives. By the same token, photographers for Business Week might find difficulty procuring photo passes for rock shows, despite the fact that they are the first to be called to shoot stories on Wall Street.

Accreditation at the level at which The Journey Zone operates involves the granting of temporary event credentials by individual venues and/or artists, interviews granted with artists, and the use of the site by artists for official promotions. Venues are concert halls, state fairs, music festivals, news conference locations, and the like; individual artists that this site has dealt with for credentials, promotions, or interviews in the past or may deal with in the future are the managing companies, agents, and retailers for Journey, current and former members of Journey such as Neal Schon, and related bands and artists such as Gregg Rolie Band, Santana, The Tubes, and The Storm.

The granting of press credentials does not affiliate the artist or the venue with The Journey Zone, nor The Journey Zone with the artist or venue; but each contributes to the accreditation status of The Journey Zone.

Infinity, a Tribute to Journey*
In-Person Interview
July 10, 2004

Interviewer/Photo: J. Weir, Journey Zone ID #012
Kurt Griffey
Kurt Griffey*
E-mail Interview
August 21, 2003

Interviewer: D. Golland
Ron Wikso
Ron Wikso*
E-mail Interview
August 14, 2003

Interviewer: D. Golland
Kevin Chalfant

Josh Ramos
Kevin Chalfant* and Josh Ramos* of The Storm
In-person Interviews
August 7, 2003

Interviewers: R. Gray, D. Golland
Gregg Rolie Band

Kevin Chalfant

Gregg Rolie Band and Kevin Chalfant
Waterfest 2003*
Oshkosh, Wisconsin
August 7, 2003

Photo: R. Gray, Jrnydv.Com ID #006
Press: D. Golland, Jrnydv.Com ID #001
Ramos, Living in the Light
Frontiers Records*
July, 2003

Promotional copy granted for review
Steve Smith
Steve Smith*
New York, NY
In-Person Interview
May 16, 2003

Interviewers: D. Golland, S. Rogachevskaya
Worlds Apart
Worlds Apart, a Tribute to Journey*
Ringwood, NJ
In-Person Interview
March 6, 2003

Interviewers: D. Golland, S. Rogachevskaya
International Association
of Webmasters and Designers*
2003-2004 Golden Web Award Recipient
Robert Fleischman
Robert Fleischman*
Long Beach, California
Exclusive Telephone Interview
January 8, 2003

Interviewer: D. Golland
Gregg Rolie

Mike Carabello

Al Johnson

Ron Wikso
Gregg Rolie*
Michael Carabello*
Alphonso Johnson*
Ron Wikso*
November 17, 2002

In-person interviews
Interviewers: D. Golland, S. Rogachevskaya, K. Gelato
Gregg Rolie Band

Mohegan Sun
Gregg Rolie Band*
Mohegan Sun Casino
Uncasville, Connecticut
November 17, 2002

Photo: S. Rogachevskaya, Jrnydv.Com ID #003
Press: D. Golland, Jrnydv.Com ID #001

Music Midtown 2002
Music Midtown 2002*
Atlanta, Georgia
May 5, 2002

Photo: C. Santiago, Jrnydv.Com ID #002
Press: D. Golland, Jrnydv.Com ID #001

Chrysler-Jeep Bayfest 2002
Chrysler-Jeep Bayfest 2002*
St. Petersburg, Florida
May 4, 2002

Photo: M. Miller, Jrnydv.Com ID not issued
Neal's guitars
Neal Schon's Guitars
Bananas at Large Music*
San Rafael, California
February-May, 2002

Granted the right to advertise the sale of Neal Schon's guitars
Voice promotion
Neal Schon, Voice
Higher Octave Music*
Malibu, California
September, 2001

Promotional CDs, postcards and flyers granted for review and contest
*Indicates credential-granting or promotional authority or interviewee.

Here is an interesting 2004 article about our changing definitions of "the press:"

The New York Times
Web Diarists Are Now Official Members of Convention Press Corps
July 26, 2004
By Jennifer 8. Lee

Jeralyn Merritt had expected the news to come by e-mail rather than by snail mail, otherwise known as the United States Postal Service.

But she had to rip, rather than click, to open the message informing her that she had received press credentials to cover the Democratic National Convention in Boston for her Internet Web log, or blog, at, where she offers a running commentary on political and criminal justice issues.

"A big smile broke out on my face and I just went 'Yeah!' " said Ms. Merritt, 54, who works as a criminal defense lawyer in Denver. "It was someone who was judging me on the work that I was doing for free over the last two years and found me worthy."

Even as many networks are reducing their coverage of the increasingly predictable political conventions, the political blogs, which have become a fruitful alternative for individual voices, have been ablaze over the prospect of officially covering conventions for the first time. Ms. Merritt is one of about three dozen bloggers who have been given press credentials for the Democratic convention in Boston, which begins Monday. Another, Ana Marie Cox from the Washington gossip site, will be working as a correspondent for MTV.

Organizers of the Republican convention have said they plan to issue credentials to 10 to 20 bloggers.

"Whomever they decide to let through the gate is now the press," said Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University who will attend the convention for his blog,, which appraises media coverage. "What the credential means to me is that someone just expanded the idea of the press a little bit."

If the 1952 Republican convention was the first television convention, and the 1924 conventions were the first radio ones, the 2004 election will be remembered because of them, the bloggers insist.

"I give them full credit that they opened up the convention to bloggers," said David Weinberger, 53, who blogs at and will attend the Democratic convention. "That took guts, because bloggers are always off message."

The question facing many of the bloggers, who do most of their work without venturing from their desks, is how exactly they will cover a live convention. Most built their followings by ferreting out interesting but obscure information or by providing commentary on events and on news coverage of those events.

"What we don't usually do is talk to primary sources," said Tom Burka, a lawyer in New York City, who maintains a satirical blog at "We've never been put in this position as bloggers to have this kind of access."

The bloggers predict that they will provide coverage on issues too narrow for mainstream news media, while offering an irreverent eye on the media-political complex and gossipy accounts of behind-the-scenes convention life.

"I look forward to the world that exists in the margins," said Patrick Belton, a 28-year-old Oxford University graduate student who blogs at and calls himself a "liberal hawk."

"It will be interesting to get around the televised spectacle and see it as a meeting place for the different factions of the party," Mr. Belton said.

Jessamyn West, a 35-year-old librarian in Rutland, Vt., who shares her liberal positions on library issues at, said, "I've been trying to make the librarian voice in politics stronger and louder." She plans to discuss freedom of information issues in the party's platform.

Some observers are uneasy with how the convention is expanding the definition of journalism.

"I think that bloggers have put the issue of professionalism under attack," said Thomas McPhail, professor of media studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who argues that journalists should be professionally credentialed. "They have no pretense to objectivity. They don't cover both sides."

Even so, large news media organizations are paying attention.

"I'm intrigued at the way that bloggers and blogs have forced their way into the political process on their own; that's why I want to incorporate the blogs into our coverage," said David Bohrman, Washington bureau chief for CNN, which is coordinating with Technorati, a blog-tracking service, to provide online commentary for the convention.

Earlier this month, as acceptance and rejection notices went out to more than 200 people who applied for the Democratic credentials, blogs were awash in chatter on a variety of related topics, including the fact that the credentialed bloggers are overwhelmingly white and male - a reflection of the larger world of opinion journalism, some note. There has also been discussion about which bloggers were given the coveted "hall" credentials versus the more limited "perimeter" credentials and whether Atrios, a well-known but anonymous political blogger, will unveil himself at the convention.

Convention staff members visited the blogs of every applicant, choosing the finalists based on three announced criteria: readership, professionalism and originality.

"It was very difficult," said Peggy Wilhide, communications director for the convention. "It was a new medium.'' Some of those selected, like and, have such large followings, in the tens of thousands, that they feature guest writers when the main bloggers are on vacation., run by a 29-year-old woman from Seattle who only identifies herself as Natasha, averages only 300 views a day.

While a few of the bloggers also work as freelance journalists, others call themselves amateur pundits. Many unabashedly identify themselves as political activists, either having volunteered for campaigns or done extensive political fund-raising through their blogs.

"What bloggers do for the Democrats is that we enable the party base, those who are in the middle or upper class who are deeply involved in Internet and activism, to get a viewpoint they can get fired up about," said Stephen Yellin, a 16-year-old high school student from Berkeley Heights, N.J., who was credentialed to attend the convention. Mr. Yellin has attracted a large online following for his contributions on Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, a lawyer in Berkeley, Calif., who runs, has raised around $400,000 for Senator John Kerry's campaign, the Democratic Party and other political candidates. He also says that his blog has begun to bring in a comfortable advertising income in the last two months, enabling him to pay off his credit card debt.

"I'm one of the biggest fund-raisers for the Democratic Party, but also one of the biggest critics," Mr. Zuniga said.

One thing that separates bloggers from traditional journalists is the expense account. Most of the credentialed bloggers have had to find creative ways to finance their trips to Boston.

Ms. Merritt put a request for donations, accepted through and PayPal, on her blog, as well as a wish list of technological gadgets. So far she has raised more than $2,000 of the $3,000 she needs.

Others, including Mr. Yellin, are tapping an old-fashioned source of financing. "My parents are paying," he said.

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  • Last Updated 01 August, 2009 (DHG)