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INTRODUCING THE 'NYI BLOG BOX'

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders
An Islanders Exclusive: your chance to blog the Islanders and receive press credentials



Ever dreamed of reporting on the Islanders?

Maybe you crave more Islanders-related articles and columns and want to do something about it?

Well, if you're that type of die-hard Orange and Blue fan, consider this an opportunity of a lifetime.

Introducing the NYI BLOG BOX, the first of its kind among pro teams in the New York area.

The Islanders are challenging their fans with a passion for writing to start their own Islanders blog. Fans with existing Islanders blogs are welcome, too.

But here's the kicker: all chosen bloggers will be given the opportunity to cover select home games and practices with special media accommodations.

We're setting up a BLOG BOX in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – sort of like a press box, but away from the scribes and broadcasters because we know you want to cheer, shout, have a pretzel and enjoy the game experience on your own terms.

We will provide you with a media pass for a few games next season and a seat in the NYI BLOG BOX. You will also receive your own set of Game Notes when you enter the Coliseum Press Gate. All you have to do is bring your note pad and/or voice recorder and cheer as loudly as you want. After the game you attend, we will set up an area where you can toss a few questions at a coach or players, based on your requests and their availability.

The NYI BLOG BOX will be your open forum. From start to finish, you'll be in control. All we ask is for the chosen bloggers to act respectfully in the restricted media areas and keep all critiques in good taste.

Perhaps best of all, your Islanders blog will generate tons of hits because it will be highlighted and linked on newyorkislanders.com, one of the most popular websites in the National Hockey League.

Only a handful of bloggers will be accepted for the opening season of this unprecedented concept. So if you're interested, please e-mail the answers to our simple application below to Corey.Witt@newyorkislanders.com and include a writing sample of no more than 500 words to go along with it. And please, passionate Islanders FANS only!

Respectfully,

SETH SYLVAN
Director of Communications

COREY WITT
Media Relations Coordinator


Some rules, regulations and notes:

* NYI BLOG BOX candidates must be 18 years or older.
 
* It'll be your job to set up your Islanders blog and maintain it. We'll be here to help, but it's yours to create.
 
* A suggestion: consider coming up with a creative “angle” for your blog. There's no point in filling the NYI BLOG BOX with people writing basically the same thing.
 
* If you are an Islanders season subscriber or plan holder, do NOT let go of your seats. Each blogger will be credentialed for only a select handful of games each season.
 
* Bloggers, when pre-arranged, will also be allowed to cover select Islanders practices.
 
* It is NOT a condition to be part of the NYI BLOG BOX that you attend games at the Coliseum. In other words, out-of-town candidates are welcome. However, we will not be able to fulfill press pass requests for road games – anywhere.
 
* Although we know it would be a blast, there will be no access granted to the restricted quarters of the Islanders' opponents.
 
* As mentioned, as we venture into this new world, we are starting with only a few bloggers. If you are not chosen this summer, keep the faith: there could be another time for you.
 

 

NYI BLOG BOX

APPLICATION

Please fill out the information below and e-mail it to Corey Witt at Corey.Witt@newyorkislanders.com. Incomplete answers will not be accepted.


First Name:

Last Name:

Hometown:

State:

Age:

E-Mail Address:

Phone Number:

Islanders Blog:

(if you have an existing one and want to be part of the NYI BLOG BOX)

Your Islanders Blog Concept and/or why you'd like to be considered:

Please submit a writing sample of no more than 500 words on anything Islanders-related:



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