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August 26, 2008

DNC is the most covered media event in Democrat’s history — by bloggers!

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Wired covers the fact that the 2008 Democratic National Convention is the most covered media event in their party’s history – by bloggers!:

This year’s convention sees multiple firsts in technological innovations for the quadrennial political party gathering. For starters, the Democratic National Convention Committee is providing bloggers (and floor delegates) with “video-upload booths” where they can upload their footage to YouTube or any other online-video platform.

The DNC is using text messaging and streaming video to keep delegates (and those following along at home) up to date.

Their story also contains great hi-rez photos of the DNC setup along with discussions of other technologies and support that are in place for bloggers covering the convention.

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August 24, 2008

Will 2008 be the year of the political blogger?

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With a US Presidential Election this fall, along with 1/3rd of the Senate up for re-election, and the entire House of Representatives, could 2008 truly be the year of the political blogger?

The New York Times certainly thinks so:

Beginning Monday, hundreds of bloggers will descend on Denver to see Barack Obama accept his party’s nomination. Next week, hundreds more will travel to St. Paul to witness John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. But now these online partisans, many of whom are self-financed, must contend with all the logistical and financial hurdles just to get there — not to mention the party politics happening behind the scenes.

This year, both parties understand the need to have greater numbers of bloggers attend. While many Americans may watch only prime-time television broadcasts of the convention speeches, party officials also recognize the ability of bloggers to deliver minute-by-minute coverage of each day’s events to a niche online audience.

To put this into perspective, the 2004 DNC in Boston credentialed only around twelve bloggers. This year, hundreds of bloggers have been credentialed at both convention. The micro-coverage from the smaller blogs and in-depth coverage provided by the larger blogs is going to elevate the artform of political blogging to a whole new level.

I can’t wait to watch..

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August 21, 2008

Simon Owens profiles bloggers covering next week’s DNC in Denver

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Following up to yesterday’s post about Google sponsoring a large bloggers venue at both the DNC and RNC political conventions over the next few weeks, Simon Owens, writing at PBS’s Mediashift blog, profiles some of the bloggers that will be covering next week’s DNC convention in Denver, Colorado.

Here’s a look at blogger Tracy Viselli:

“I really want to focus on some of our local or state stories,” Viselli told me. “For instance, not only is Nevada a swing state, my county is considered the swing county in the state. Also, we have the possibility of electing our first all-female congressional delegation, which is really exciting.”

She explained that her “over-arching narrative” at the Big Tent will be written from the point of view of a female progressive blogger from a swing state, a fact that she believes gives her a unique perspective.

A great post that looks in-depth at the upcoming political conventions. We’ve come a long way from 12 bloggers at the 2004 DNC to a huge facility for bloggers in 2008. What impact might they have on the upcoming election?

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August 20, 2008

Google will provide services for bloggers at both political conventions

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Google will be providing significant support to bloggers at the upcoming DNC and RNC conventions over the next few weeks, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal:

Google Inc. will help set up a two-story, 8,000 square-foot headquarters for hundreds of bloggers descending on the Democratic convention in Denver next week, and it will offer similar services at the Republican convention in September, as new media gain influence in politics.

Four years ago, Google wasn’t a significant presence at the Democratic and Republican conventions. Its high-profile presence at both conventions this year mirrors the growth of new media, which will provide their takes on events and compete with established media companies via Google’s YouTube video site and other social-media outlets.

In 2004, I was in Boston during the Democratic National Convention, and while bloggers were given press access to the event, they certainly did not receive support on a scale such as this. This is a significant step towards providing bloggers with a more equal playing field with mainstream media.

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August 19, 2008

Catholic League attempting to ban bloggers from the DNC

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The Catholic League has contacted the DNC and asked them to revoke the credentials of two bloggers for next week’s Democratic National Convention:

Both of these blogs should be cut immediately from the list of credentialed sites. Neither functions as a responsible media outlet and both offend Catholics, as well as others. To allow them access to the Democratic National Convention sends a message to Catholics they will not forget. We look for Leah Daughtry, CEO of the Convention, to nix them ASAP.

One of the blogs being protested by the Catholic League is mega-blog The Daily Kos, a left-wing political blog considered one of the most widely read blogs.

There is no word from the DNC on the issue.

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May 14, 2008

55 Bloggers Get Political Credentials for DNC

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As we told you last month, the Democrats are giving select bloggers access to be on the floor of the national convention in Denver this summer. Fifty-five lucky bloggers have been chosen. Here’s the full list of “State Blogger Corps”:

ALASKA: Celtic Diva’s Blue Oasis:

ALABAMA: Doc’s Political Parlor:


ARIZONA: Ted Prezelski – Rum, Romanism and Rebellion:



CONNECTICUT: My Left Nutmeg:


DELAWARE: TommyWonk:

DEMOCRATS Abroad: Democrats Abroad Argentina:

FLORIDA: Florida Progressive Coalition:

GEORGIA: Tondee’s Tavern:

GUAM: No Rest for the Awake – Minagahet Chamorro:

HAWAII: Ian Lind Online:

IOWA: The Iowa Independent:


ILLINOIS: Prairie State Blue:


KENTUCKY: BlueGrassRoots:

LOUISIANA: Daily Kingfish:

MASSACHUSETTS: Blue Mass. Group:

MARYLAND: The Center for Emerging Media:

MAINE: Turn Maine Blue:

MICHIGAN: Blogging For Michigan:

MINNESOTA: Minnesota Monitor:

MISSISSIPPI: The Natchez Blog:


MONTANA: Left in the West:



NEBRASKA: New Nebraska Network:

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Blue Hampshire:


NEW MEXICO: Democracy for New Mexico:

NEVADA: Las Vegas Gleaner:

NEW YORK: Room 8:

OHIO: Ohio Daily Blog:


OREGON: BlueOregon (blog):

PENNSYLVANIA: Keystone Politics:


RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s Future:


SOUTH DAKOTA: Badlands Blue:

TENNESSEE: KnoxViews/TennViews:

TEXAS: Burnt Orange Report:

UTAH: The Utah Amicus:

VIRGINIA: Raising Kaine:

VIRGIN ISLANDS: Democratic Party of the US Virgin Islands:

VERMONT: Green Mountain Daily:


WISCONSIN: Uppity Wisconsin:

WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia Blue:

WYOMING: Hummingbirdminds blog:

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April 11, 2008

Bloggers Can Attend the Democratic National Convention. Slots Still Open!

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This summer’s Democratic National Convention, slated for late August, will allow YOU to attend. OK, maybe not YOU. But if you are a political blogger,there is a fighting chance you could make the guest list.

The convention committee’s CEO, Leah Daughtry, has announced unprecedented access to select bloggers.

Interested? Fill out this application form. Hurry! The deadline is April 15.

The DNC is allowing one blogger to sit with each state’s delegation.

“When our nominee for president of the United States takes the stage, members of the DemConvention State Blogger Corps will witness this historic moment from the best seats in the house, and in turn, be able to offer their dedicated readers back home a first-hand account,” says Daughtry.

Applications have been accepted since early this year. However, certain positions (which have not been revealed) only have one or two candidates.

To gain entrance, your blog must be at least six months old with at least 120 political posts. You also must provide some basic traffic information.

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