What the DNC State Blogger Corps Really Gets You

DCist and the -ist network is participating in a first of its kind credential program at this year's Democratic National Convention. We're serving as the selected blogger representing the District of Columbia in the DNC State Blogger Corps (California's rep is Calitics). Here's how The New York Times described the desirability of our credential:

For bloggers attending the Democratic convention at the Pepsi Center in Denver, two types of credentials are offered. The first is a national credential, which offers the same access granted to members of traditional news media organizations.

The second, more coveted credential is the state blogger credential. It allows one blogger per state to cover the convention alongside its state delegation, with unlimited floor access. Inspired by the strategy of Howard Dean, the D.N.C. chairman, to organize in all 50 states, the state-blogging credential was highly sought after, with as many as 14 blogs vying to represent a single state.

So, what does this "coveted" credential actually get you? To start with, a daily floor pass, with unlimited access to wander around the convention floor, take photos, and talk with anyone we please. We also have one seat within the allocated section reserved for the D.C. delegation, and a hard-wired internet hookup right at that seat. I'm typing this from the convention floor as we speak.

It's not hard to understand why Howard Dean wanted an army of bloggers roaming the floor of the Pepsi Center. Other state bloggers are wandering around introducing themselves to each other, excited to be here and impressed by where they're standing. Big time TV news anchors are right there! Was that Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano who just walked by? This sure is a big, bright shiny room. And so on. State Blogger Corps: decidedly neat-o.

On the other hand, everything that's going to happen on stage is either being televised or is available to stream off the internet. Not to mention the generally accepted truth that conventions don't actually, uh, add up to much real news. It wouldn't be very interesting for me or for you if I just sit here and type up what's happening at the podium. What will I do instead? This sort of thing has never been done before, so I'm more or less making it up as I go along. Stick around to find out what DCist ends up doing as a member of the State Blogger Corps.

This post is by Sommer Mathis, Editor of LAist's sister-site DCist, who is attending the DNC as official member of the DNC's state blogger corps.