Political Bloggers at the Democratic National Convention

August 26, 2008

Over the weekend, The New York Times examined the role political bloggers will play at the Democratic National Convention this week in Denver, highlighting LGBT blogger Pam Spaulding of Pam’s House Blend. Close to 400 bloggers have been given press credentials to cover the convention, and one blogger from each state has been given full access to the convention floor.

Spaulding, along with Autumn Sandeen and Russ Belville, will represent the LGBT and progressive news blog at the convention, and other noteworthy LGBT bloggers in attendance include Andy Towle of Towleroad and Daniel DiRito of Thought Theater.

The article notes that convention organizers understand the wide impact bloggers can potentially have in influencing targeted voters. “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.”

The number of credentialed bloggers set for both the Democratic and Republican conventions is up significantly from 2004, when Republicans allowed only a dozen bloggers, while Democrats set aside 35 seats.

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