Aug 302005

Blogging is fast becoming an important way for many Virginians to get detailed news and opinion about politics in the Commonwealth. Visit the Virginia Progressive, or the Commonwealth Conservative, and you’ll come across thoughts from across the political spectrum, from both the site’s authors and the reading public.

But the websites have raised many questions about the ethics of blogging: For instance, is a blogger who advocates the election of a certain candidate really producing a political advertisement? Well, on Saturday, August 27, 2005, the Sorensen Institute on Political Leadership at the University of Virginia convened the state’s bloggers together for the first ever Summit on Blogging and Democracy in the Commonwealth. Sean Tubbs attended as a reporter for Virginia public radio stations and the Charlottesville Podcasting Network.

This report from the Summit is 23 minutes and 39 seconds long. In order to help you navigate through this file, we provide this rundown of the various people who were interviewed for this report:

00:00 – 01:00 Introduction
01:00 – 03:10 Former Delegate Barnie Day, Bacon’s Rebellion
03:10 – 04:10 Kenton Ngo, 750 Volts
04:10 – 8:30 Chris Piper with the State Board of Elections
08:30 – 10:45 Jay Hughes
10:45 – 14:45 Frosty Landon, Virginia Coalition for Open Government
14:45 – 18:52 Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, Change Servant
18:52 – 19:19 Kenton Ngo, 750 Volts
19:20 – 20:41 Chris Piper with the State Board of Elections
20:41 – 22:35 Sean O’Brien with the Sorensen Institute
22:35 – 23:38 Conclusion

  6 Responses to “Political Blogging in Virginia”

  1. Sean –

    Thank you as always, and thank you especially for laying out the who and when in the podcast.


  2. Outstanding. Excellent work, Sean.

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    Waldo has this post, pointing to this outstanding podcast by Sean Tubbs about the recent Virginia blog summit. I added it to the iPod, then […]

  4. Sean:

    Fantastic job. Thanks for reporting my remarks accurately. Shapiro & Schear better look out……looks like there’s some competition!


  5. You know Kenton Ngo is like, still too young to drive, right?

    and his blog is, yet, awesome?

  6. You know Kenton Ngo is like, still too young to drive, right?

    and his blog is, yet, awesome?

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