Say Anything has an interesting post about a court ruling which essentially makes press credentials obsolete. The court ruled against a police department in a case in which a man was arrested for recording police officers on his cellphone who were making an arrest.
Bottom line, it's not against the law to record the police, and given that news is broken every day by ordinary people who just happen to be on scene with a phone or camera, there shouldn't be any special protections for someone just because they hold a press badge. That's good news for those who aren't affiliated with any particular media outlet but have occasion to do some reporting.
Read the whole thing here.