July 26, 2004

More Blogging in the Press

Web Scribes Join Political Conventions

Look out Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings. There's a new crop of reporters on the block, er, balcony. Welcome to "Bloggers' Boulevard," a section of the FleetCenter where independent Web scribes post their musings about the Democratic National Convention on personal Internet sites as events play out on the floor below them.

So-called bloggers are in the hall covering a national political convention live for the first time ever, joining the estimated 15,000 traditional mainstream broadcast and print media staffers chronicling the event.

Democrats accredited about 35 writers of Web logs or "blogs," choosing from more than 200 applications, in an effort to expand the media bullhorn that will amplify the messages of the convention.

I can't decide if the traditional press is taking the blogging seriously or just treating it as a side-show. I tend to favor the latter categorization.

And, why "so-called"?

Posted by Steven Taylor at July 26, 2004 04:58 PM | TrackBack

side show. it's very existence is a criticism of their profession, but they choose not to believe it.

Posted by: jason at July 26, 2004 05:35 PM

Any takers on how many cases of Mountain Dew will be consumer by said bloggers in the 4 days?

Posted by: Christopher Cross at July 26, 2004 06:27 PM

Alex S. Jones wrote in the LA Times that bloggers are basically a bunch of smartmouth gossips and not really journalists. They know we're out there, but we still don't rate.

Posted by: Douglas at July 26, 2004 07:39 PM

I think from now on we should write "so-called newspapers."

Lord knows they are short on news.

Posted by: Paul at July 26, 2004 08:54 PM

And, why "so-called"?

Verbal irony quotes.

Posted by: Dave Schuler at July 27, 2004 10:20 AM
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