(TheWrap has on occasion accepted free travel to film festivals and interviews, though in most cases we pay our own way.) HFPA members are only required to attend two or three press conferences per month to qualify for the free travel, a rule that has also caused grumbling among members who feel that it rewards the part-time journalists whose presence has hurt the group’s credibility. If both Kingma and Sar win praise as smart guys and legitimate journalists, even supporters of the two wonder if they can turn around the climate in an organization that has long countenanced questionable policies. On member warns that the presidential race is only part of the problem – the HFPA is also electing a number of other offices, including vice president, treasurer and the board of directors.
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