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Democratic, Republican conventions both wooing bloggers

The battle for convention bloggers continues on the national political scene.

The Democratic National Convention Committee announced today that established (and credentialed) bloggers will be allowed to sit with their state delegations at the party’s August convention in Denver.

Here in the Twin Cities, the Republicans also are also courting bloggers for their Sept. 1-4 convention in St. Paul.

Reports Matt Burns, the communications head for the Republican National Convention: “We’re doing a lot to hold a tech-savvy convention in general (i.e., we have Google as our official innovation provider, among other things).  And while larger (Washington Post, etc.) and many smaller independent bloggers will have ample access to the convention venue, we’re also doing something the Dems have yet to match.  We’re making arrangements to engage bloggers from across the country who are unable to attend our convention.”

Here‘s an official release about those GOP efforts.

On the Democratic side, according to a press release: “To qualify as a state blogger, the applicant’s blog must have been in existence six months prior to requesting credentials and have at least 120 politically related blog posts. Bloggers must submit their daily audience and list their authority based on Technorati statistics. Bloggers may also provide examples of posts that make their blog stand out as an effective online organizing tool and/or agent of change.

“In addition to the DemConvention State Blogger Corps, the DNCC will also credential a general blogger pool, to include local, state and national political bloggers, as well as niche and video bloggers from across the country.”

Applications for blogger credentials are being accepted until April 15. Bloggers can review the Democratic credentialing process here.

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