Monday, June 21, 2004

Blogger Credentials

From the AP:

NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of scribes publishing in a newer medium will join the thousands of newspaper, magazine and broadcast journalists at this summer’s political conventions. They’ll be blogging.

The Democrats are holding true to their “party of inclusion” billing vis-a-vis the online chroniclers, whose Web logs have leapt in popularity this year as political junkies increasingly get their fix with mouse clicks. Democrats say they’ll offer media credentials to a handful of bloggers. The Republicans say they’ve yet to decide what to do about them – credentialing deadlines passed with no announcement on whether bloggers could even apply.


Bloggers with Democratic credentials will get the same access as any other media to most of the FleetCenter in Boston. If they need assigned spaces, they’ll be asked to pay for phone, furniture rental and other expenses just like mainstream journalists.

But bloggers will share proportionally fewer passes to get on the convention floor where speeches are delivered.

Well, Bark Bark Woof Woof isn’t going to be there, but we’ll have the next best thing: The Faithful Correspondent is a Kerry delegate from Ohio, and we hope to be posting regular dispatches either via e-mail or transcribed phone conversations to supply you-are-there details from the convention in Boston.