They say they are isolated, there is no internet access on the floor, and the filing room is a dungeon with no monitors to watch the action. They are also complaining that bigger bloggers are getting preferential treatment. Oh, and the food is bad.
In sharp contrast, the DNC blogger accommodations exceeded expectations. First, they made the unprecedented move of seating a blogger from each state and territory with their delegations on the floor. They provided a power outlet and a hard-wired internet connection at the delegate seating area.
For general pool bloggers, the DNC also provided a reserved seating area in the arena (right under the Al-Jazeera press box -- not sure if there was some kind of message there) with hard-wired internet connections run to every seat. Rotating floor passes also gave general pool bloggers full access to any area inside the arena.
Blogger seating area inside Pepsi Center arena
In addition to that, there was a blogger lounge setup adjacent to the media filing center in the Nuggets training gym. It was glass enclosed with its own ventilation/AC system, hard wired for power and internet, and had several large monitors for watching the action on the floor. There were also a couple of couches for down time. Bloggers could also use the fully-equipped media filing center (which also had monitors) when the blogger lounge was full.
Blogger lounge at Pepsi Center
There were press-only elevators for convenient access to all the arena and press facilities, and bloggers were also free to use the press buses. Blogger press credentials were honored at all open events, press conferences, etc. just like "real" media.
At Invesco Field, all bloggers got a seat in the stadium, with state bloggers seated with their state's delegation. Hard-wired connections and power were not available, but the DNC set up a smaller capacity press box for credentialed bloggers (which filled up fast) and bloggers also had access to the press filing areas. Also, broadband wireless access worked fine from the field.
Blogger press box on the 50 yard line
As far as special treatment, state bloggers actually had it better than the big time bloggers. State bloggers got full "floor" credentials, meaning they could go anywhere inside or around the Pepsi Center or Invesco Field. Big time bloggers assigned to the general pool had to share rotating floor passes or use the assigned blogger seating inside the arena. (I ran into Kos at the Pepsi Center blogger lounge picking up one of the floor passes for a turn on the floor.)
The DNC had more than 120 credentialed bloggers covering the convention. Bloggers were just as welcome and had the same access as any other media, and in some respects got preferential treatment. It doesn't sound like the old school GOP has the same regard for new media.
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