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A sign of the times: press gallery members say constitutional changes ensure ‘people don’t fall through the cracks’

By Emily Haws      

The changes include better accommodating freelancers and more clearly defining what a news organization is in a digital world. Committee members are accepting feedback until mid-January

Reporters attend a press conference with Justin Trudeau in June 2017. Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery members are supporting proposed changes to the gallery's constitution, which were brought up at the annual general meeting last year in order to reflect the changing media landscape. The Hill Times file photograph
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Hill journalists, freelancers, and online news organizations will have an easier time getting accredited with the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery if proposed changes pass, aimed at addressing the fractured media landscape and updating the gallery's constitution which was written before the 24-hour news channels and before the internet. The press gallery's updated constitution will also make it easier to kick life members out if they use their access privileges for professional activities other than journalism. Right now an

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