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Congrats to the 2014 Blogger Award Winners!

The 5th annual Blog Bash was a great success! 2014 had a stellar lineup of award winners:

Blogger of the Year

Bill Jacobson, Legal Insurrection

Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate

Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation & Right Social Daily

Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year

James Rosen, Fox News

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2013 – Feb 2014)

“Mitt”

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

Jeffery Dunetz, David Horowitz Freedom Center

Best Activism Post of 2013

Robert McCain, Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy

Best Investigative Post of 2013

Joe Schoffstall, ‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories

 Best Sunlight Post of 2013

Alyssa Canobbio, Americans for Tax Reform, Obama Administration Spent $4.5 Billion on State Healthcare Websites

Best in Show: Podcast

Wayne Dupree Show

Best in Show: Microblog

SooperMexican (Twitter: @SooperMexican)

Best in Show: Video

Julie Borowski, ObamaCare Stinks for Young People

Legacy Award

Eugene Volokh

State Blogger

Cliff Sims, YellowHammer Politics

Friend of Bloggers…

Ken White, Popehat

Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award

Twitchy.com

Bloggers Stand With…

IRS victims

Please join us in congratulating everyone above!

Governor Rick Perry At Blog Bash 2014!

We are excited to announce today that Governor Rick Perry  will attend and be a featured speaker at Blog Bash!

Governor Perry has long be a supporter of the citizen journalist community and a practitioner of  conservative values.

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 Under Gov. Perry’s leadership, the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) was created to provide Texas with an unparalleled advantage in the research, development, and commercialization of emerging technologies, bringing the best scientists and researchers to the state, while attracting high-tech jobs and helping start-up companies get off the ground faster.

Please join Governor Perry at Blog Bash, March 6th at Bobby McKey’s!

3 Hints: Who Will Be The Featured Guest Speaker We Announce Tomorrow?

Blog Bash will be announcing a very special featured guest and speaker tomorrow. In the meantime, we bet you can guess who’ll be coming to the event.

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1) He is an alumnus of Texas A&M University

2) He recently adopted a new look, glasses

3) His state has led the nation in job growth each of the last 4 years

Can you guess who it will be?!

Be sure to tweet us your guesses using the #BlogBash hashtag. Check back here tomorrow to see who you’ll be meeting at Blog Bash 2014!

How Do I Vote For The Blogger Awards?

Yesterday, we were able to announce the nominees for the 2014 blogger awards. It’s a selection from a very talented blogosphere, submitted and voted on by peers in the blogosphere.

Hi, my name is Danielle Saul. As a young professional activist who admires so many in the blogosphere, I couldn’t be more excited about having the opportunity to administer this years awards on behalf of the National Bloggers Club and Blog Bash 2014. This year, with eligible voters having the opportunity to vote before the March 6th event itself, the academy will submit more votes than ever before. It’s a very challenging task, but my team and me are up to challenge!

We intended voting to go live today, however that won’t be the case. Academy voting won’t be able to vote until Monday, February 24th. That’s next week. Voting will stay open for only 48 hours, instead of 10 days like we had originally planned.

But that’s okay. We are credentialing voters for the academy over the next 5 days.

Click here to TWEET BLOGGERS NOW !

Who is Eligible to Vote?

Who is a part of the largest (and only) political bloggers academy? Good question. In years past, only bloggers at Blog Bash were capable of voting. Now we have four categories people all over the country can meet in order to participate!

  1. Be a National Bloggers Club member. You can check on your membership status with my team by emailing members@bloggers.org. If you’d like to become a member, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/1f5bkEN. There’s only a 12 hour wait time before you’ll hear back form us!
  2. If you are not eligible of becoming a National Bloggers Club member or choose to pass on the opportunity, you must be a 2014 CPAC credentialed blogger and a Blog Bash 2014 blogger attendee. That means that ACU should have you credentialed AND you will have to have your Blog Bash eventbrite confirmation by Sunday afternoon.
  3. For the first time ever, sponsors will have a say. Each sponsoring organization gets a single vote. That means one! Sponsors contributing at the “Company sponsor” level and above should give a single email address to the Blog Bash host (Julie, Erik, or Bill) and they’ll get that information over to my team which will be plugged into the system allowing you to securely vote online on Monday. Please email director@blogbash.org if you’re interested in becoming a new sponsor.
  4. Obviously, Nominees are allowed one vote. Please make sure we’ve emailed you already or get your contact information to us!

If you feel that you meet a different standard, please email me. Your request will be passed to the National Bloggers Club board where exceptions can be granted. We understand that some folks are in the gray area or may be a quasi-blogger-quasi-professional-journalist or maybe be larger than a label altogether. And you don’t have to support us for us to support you!

The awards belong to the blogosphere community whom support individual and economic freedom. We want as many bloggers that fit into our mission voting!

 

What’s the Process After I’m Eligible?

We’re combining our four lists based on the criteria above–that means hundreds of eligible voters. From there we will plug it into our secure online voting portal, when voters will receive an email giving them a unique token allowing them one vote. Your vote is protected too. Nominees, Blog Bash hosts, and not even myself at first glance can track how you’re voting.

Please whitelist (elections@electionbuddy.com) to ensure the email coming to you reaches your inbox and not your spam folder!

If you are among the few that is granted an exception, your votes will be manually tallied in a different system where you will not be anonymous to voting coordinators.

 

So make sure you’re a National Bloggers Club member (apply here: http://bit.ly/1f5bkEN) or that you’ve credentialed yourself into both CPAC and Blog Bash 2014. That way, come Sunday night, I’ll be plugging your name in so you can vote on the 2014 nominees!

Go find these nominees blogs, Twitter handles, and Facebook pages. They’re already campaigning for your vote!

Now click here to shoot our a tweet letting bloggers know they are eligible for this awesome opportunity.

Bloggers To #StandWithRand at Blog Bash!

On March 6, 2013, Sen. Rand Paul gave his historic filibuster on the Senate floor. #StandWithRand was ignited by citizen journalists and activists across the country.

A year to the day of that event, bloggers will again #StandWithRand at Blog Bash 2014!

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We’re excited to have Sen. Rand Paul join us and help pay tribute to bloggers in National Harbor this March 6th. Blog Bash 2014 is shaping up to be another can’t miss event!

The Blogger Awards Nominees of 2014

For the third consecutive year, an academy of political bloggers through the National Bloggers Club will vote for their peers to recognize and celebrate great work. Blog Bash organizers estimate up to 400 bloggers will qualify to vote in the only academy of its kind. This is the first year for two new awards which recognize the growth of the blogosphere wouldn’t be possible without other parties: “Journalist of the Year” and “Blogger Advocate of the Year”.  In previous years, blogger attendees voted in-person via mobile devices during the 6-hour annual event. This year, understanding that not every member can fly-in, the full academy will be able to vote through a secure online portal, administered by Danielle Saul.

National Bloggers Club members and Blog Bash 2014 attendees will receive an email giving them a unique hyperlink allowing them to vote on the nominees listed below and complete the annual Blog Bash issues survey. Club members and blogger attendees can check on their status by emailing Saul’s team at members@bloggers.org.

Voting will be open from Tuesday, February 18th, through Friday, February 28th.

All nominees are invited to attend a special Blog Bash pre-reception with VIP guests, where a selection of awards will be presented. The winners of the panel selected awards will also be announced at the Blog Bash and its pre-reception.

Let us celebrate good work and good people who make the blogosphere a better place. Rules allow nominees to campaign and lobby support from the academy. Happy voting bloggers!

 2014 NOMINEES

Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate

  • Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation
  • Ellen Carmichael, Rep. Tom Price’s office
  • Amelia Chassé, Hynes Communications
  • Andrew Clark, NRCC
  • Raffi Williams, RNC

Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year

  • Robert Costa, The Washington Post
  • Andrew Malcolm, Investor’s Business Daily
  • James Rosen, Fox News
  • Jake Tapper, CNN

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2013 – Feb 2014)

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

  • Jim Antle, Daily Caller News Foundation
  • Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller News Foundation
  • Ralph Benko, The Lehrman Institute
  • Sonny Bunch, Center for American Freedom
  • Jeffery Dunetz, David Horowitz Freedom Center

Best Activism Post of 2013

Best Investigative Post of 2013

Best Sunlight Post of 2013

Best in Show: Podcast

Best in Show: Microblog

Best in Show: Video

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Panel awards: Blogger of the Year, Legacy Award, Friend to Bloggers (Julie Laughridge Award), Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award, Bloggers Stand With Award, and the Best State-Level Blogger Award.

Fueling Citizen Journalism: Meet Our Blog Bash 2014 Sponsors

Today, we’re proud to announce our early sponsor lineup for Blog Bash 2014.

Sponsoring Blog Bash is more than just a symbol. Our 2014 sponsors recognize the importance of building up a base of citizen journalists who devote their lives to covering politics, policy, and advocacy despite having day jobs and families, balancing live, work, and politics. Their sponsorship is a sign of respect and understanding for the blogosphere and a step toward building up a community that continues to break news despite historically lacking the immense resources, infrastructure, and access of traditional media outlets.

We thank our sponsors for recognizing the value of the individual voice in politics and the power that a community of individual voices can bring to our nation:

  • “America” Movie
  • Active Engagement
  • Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
  • Concerned Veterans for America
  • Cox Media/Rare.us
  • CRC Public Relations
  • Franklin Center
  • Facebook
  • Hynes Communications
  • Institute for Liberty
  • John Boehner
  • Judicial Watch
  • Justin Germany
  • Leadership Institute
  • Liberty Alliance
  • Media Research Center
  • National Review
  • National Republican Senatorial Committee
  • Phillip Stutts & Co.
  • Ray McKinney
  • Rep. Tom Price
  • Republican National Committee
  • Right Social Daily
  • Slingshot Communications
  • Vice & Victory
  • Victory Solutions
  • Washington Free Beacon
  • White Coat Waste Project
  • Young Conservatives Coalition

 

Time Flies!

Boy does time fly! It seems like only yesterday we were together at Bobby McKey’s for Blog Bash 2013.

Thanks to our great sponsors and dedicated team, we were able to put on the best Blog Bash to date. It was an honor to be chosen by Melissa and Ali to be 2013′s Director and continuing the yearly tradition.

Topping 2013 is going to be quite a feat — but we’re going to this year. Set your calendars for Thursday, March 6th.

With Blog Bash 2014 around the corner, there is plenty of work to be done. I am excited to work with our other new Host Organizers, Julie Germany and Erik Telford to plan the memorable night that you’ve come to expect at CPAC!

In addition to our annual awards, top notch entertainment and VIP guests, here are a few things you can expect from Blog Bash 2014:

  1. Streamlined registration – If you’re attending CPAC with blogger credentials, you’re automatically pre-registered for Blog Bash.
  2. VIP Reception for award nominees and sponsors – Prior to Blog Bash we will host an exclusive event to honor nominees and say thanks to our sponsors. There may even be a surprise VIP or two stopping by (stay tuned for those announcements).
  3. Additional sponsorship opportunities – Have an idea to make your organization stand out at Blog Bash? We want to hear it!

In the coming days  Julie, Erik and I will be announcing the 2014 Director, venue and notable guests you’ll be seeing on March 6th. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and Like us on Facebook to hear the news first!

Who would you like to see at Blog Bash 2014? Tweet me @billmurphy!

Power in Numbers

Remember when people were afraid of bloggers?

(I know: they still are. But back in the day people were really afraid of bloggers. “End of democracy as we know it” afraid.)

Ten years ago, when I was working as the deputy director of the Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet, we held so many discussions and conferences designed to help the establishment understand this crazy thing called blogging.

Back then, you could smell the fear on traditional, mainstream journalists: bloggers don’t have codes of conduct like we do. They aren’t trained. They don’t fact check. They get paid to write opinions. They spread rumors and lies. They’re mean. They’re angry. They have a bone to pick. And the naive Americans who read them will be misled into believing the egregious and extreme views they post.

Some establishment insiders back in the olden days thought that blog posts about candidates — or that simply linked to candidate websites — should be regulated by the Federal Election Commission.

But the truth is that bloggers have been breaking headlines for more than a decade now. We’re not just the alternative voice. Bloggers carry the investigative impulse and passion that once drove some of the best journalists. Bloggers are innovative, agile, and in many ways incredible honest about their beliefs, experiences, and ideologies. Blogging is something that the most powerful traditional media outlets engage in and that the most successful new media properties were built on. We have evolved, become more sophisticated, more visual, and more hyper-connected.

Today in 2014, I work in issue advocacy — a profession in which blogging and blogger outreach are imperative to informing the public and engaging voters in activism. We can’t be successful without bloggers and blogging communities.

That’s why I wanted to be involved as a host of Blog Bash this year. Supporting bloggers and connecting the blogger community to resources, access, and new distribution channels makes us better.  We need to connect, learn, be inspired by each other, and use our collective experiences and voices to make the movement stronger.

I hope you’ll join us at Blog Bash this year.