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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: divasblueoasis.blogspot.com

ALABAMA: Doc’s Political Parlor: www.politicalparlor.net

ARKANSAS: Under The Dome.com: www.underthedome.com

ARIZONA: Ted Prezelski – Rum, Romanism and Rebellion: www.rumromanismrebellion.net

CALIFORNIA: Calitics: Calitics.com

COLORADO: SquareState.net: squarestate.net

CONNECTICUT: My Left Nutmeg: myleftnutmeg.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: DCist.com: dcist.com

DELAWARE: TommyWonk: tommywonk.blogspot.com/

DEMOCRATS Abroad: Democrats Abroad Argentina: www.yanquimike.com.ar

FLORIDA: Florida Progressive Coalition: flaprogressives.org

GEORGIA: Tondee’s Tavern: www.tondeestavern.com

GUAM: No Rest for the Awake – Minagahet Chamorro: minagahet.blogspot.com

HAWAII: iLind.net: Ian Lind Online: www.ilind.net

IOWA: The Iowa Independent: iowaindependent.com

IDAHO: 43rdStateBlues.com: www.43rdstateblues.com

ILLINOIS: Prairie State Blue: www.PrairieStateBlue.com

KANSAS: EverydayCitizen.com: everydaycitizen.com

KENTUCKY: BlueGrassRoots: www.bluegrassroots.org

LOUISIANA: Daily Kingfish: www.dailykingfish.com

MASSACHUSETTS: Blue Mass. Group: www.bluemassgroup.com

MARYLAND: The Center for Emerging Media: www.centerforemergingmedia.com

MAINE: Turn Maine Blue: www.turnmaineblue.com

MICHIGAN: Blogging For Michigan: bloggingformichigan.com

MINNESOTA: Minnesota Monitor: minnesotamonitor.com

MISSISSIPPI: The Natchez Blog: natchezms.blogspot.com

MISSOURI: Fired Up! LLC: www.firedupmissouri.com

MONTANA: Left in the West: www.leftinthewest.com

NORTH CAROLINA: BlueNC.com: bluenc.com

NORTH DAKOTA: NorthDecoder.com: www.northdecoder.com

NEBRASKA: New Nebraska Network: www.NewNebraska.net

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Blue Hampshire: www.bluehampshire.com

NEW JERSEY: PolitickerNJ.com: www.politickernj.com

NEW MEXICO: Democracy for New Mexico: www.DemocracyForNewMexico.com

NEVADA: Las Vegas Gleaner: www.lasvegasgleaner.com

NEW YORK: Room 8: www.r8ny.com

OHIO: Ohio Daily Blog: www.ohiodailyblog.com

OKLAHOMA: DemoOkie: www.DemoOkie.com

OREGON: BlueOregon (blog): www.blueoregon.com

PENNSYLVANIA: Keystone Politics: www.keystonepolitics.com

PUERTO RICO: Jusiper: jusiper.blogspot.com

RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s Future: www.rifuture.org

SOUTH CAROLINA: CracktheBell.com: www.crackthebell.com

SOUTH DAKOTA: Badlands Blue: www.badlandsblue.com

TENNESSEE: KnoxViews/TennViews: www.knoxviews.com

TEXAS: Burnt Orange Report: www.BurntOrangeReport.com

UTAH: The Utah Amicus: utahamicus.com

VIRGINIA: Raising Kaine: www.raisingkaine.com

VIRGIN ISLANDS: Democratic Party of the US Virgin Islands: groups.yahoo.com/group/democratvi

VERMONT: Green Mountain Daily: greenmountaindaily.com

WASHINGTON: HorsesAss.org: www.horsesass.org

WISCONSIN: Uppity Wisconsin: www.uppitywis.org

WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia Blue: www.wvablue.com

WYOMING: Hummingbirdminds blog: hummingbirdminds.blogspot.com

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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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