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Ricketts tweaks new rules requiring media credentials

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has tweaked his new policy requiring news outlets to apply for access to his press conferences, but media groups are still questioning the rules.

Ricketts’ spokesman Taylor Gage defended the credentialing system as fair. Media of Nebraska represents the state’s newspapers and broadcast outlets.

It says the new form is an improvement over the original one released a month ago, but the group still has reservations about some of the questions. That includes one asking if a journalist also writes editorials.

The new credential system was created after the governor’s office was criticized for excluding a reporter from an Omaha-based news website from press conferences.