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The Rise Of Local Bloggers As Journalists

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 12, 2007

Chris Bowers over at MyDD has been tracking the evolution of blogging (in posts here and here). The main changes noted are the rise in blogs that have more than one blogger, or which (as in the case of DailyKos, MyDD and a host of other blogs) expand the reader’s role beyond mere commenting. Another change noted is the need to pay the bills with ads, as bandwidth ain’t cheap.

But the changes that most intrigue me are the growth in blogs with a local focus (not just a national/international one), and the growth in blogs whose proprietors actually go out and commit actual journalism.

Which is why I’m so happy to report, albeit belatedly, on a big scoop garnered by the fine folks over at A Bluestem Prairie, a blog devoted to the happenings in Minnesota’s First Congressional District:

State Senator Dick Day (R-Owatonna) to run for congress

Following up on an internet rumor about State Senator Dick Day’s filing paperwork with the Federal Election Committee to run for Congress in Minnesota’s First in 2008, we contacted the FEC, then State Senator Day himself for confirmation.

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The FEC did not have the committee paperwork online yet, and a spokeswoman in the information office told us that, other than for high-profile Presidential candidacies, the agency isn’t releasing information about filing before they are online. She noted that the paperwork is generally online 48 hours after it is received.

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In a brief telephone interview, a gracious and enthusiastic Senator Day confirmed that he is indeed challenging Representative Walz for the MN-01 seat. He had signed the necessary paperwork earlier in the week and “his people” had sent it off.

There’s more (including a number of updates) at the link. Kudos to BSP!

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