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Democrats bringing blogs to the convention floor

It's official -- the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston will be blogged.

Blogs, or Web logs, are running commentaries on current events, posted on the Internet where millions can read them any time. Over the past two years, blogging has gone from an eccentric hobby to a powerful new form of journalism. Major magazines and newspapers now sponsor blogs, and blogs run by individuals, such as former New Republic editor Andrew Sullivan, attract thousands of readers every day.

Now the Democrats are bringing blogs to the convention floor.

The Democratic National Committee is sponsoring its own blog, to be written by Eric Schnure, who once served as a speechwriter for former vice president Al Gore. And the Democrats say that some of the 15,000 press credentials for the convention will be provided to independent bloggers wishing to cover the event.

A convention spokeswoman said that she didn't know how many credentials would be issued to bloggers. The Democrats will pick blogs that feature original writing of high quality, and that attract a large readership.

Bloggers wishing to apply for credentials can get more information at www.dems2004.org/blog.

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