Two somewhat similar themes to the items below.
A blogger at All About Race has been recruited to write for an AOL-linked service that focuses on issues from a black perspective:
I am so excited to invite you to join me Monday through Friday at my second gig as a news/racial issues blogger for AOL’s Black Voices Blackspin blog. It’s a lot of fun already and the community is very interactive as far as comments go.
I love to hear what you all have to say, so please stop by and have a read and comment away. Here’s the link - please add me to your bookmarks:
Meanwhile the San Francisco Chronicle has an item up dealing with the issue of black bloggers feeling they are not being heard within the progressive blogging community.
With its power-to-the-individual approach, the new media world promises anyone with a laptop the possibility of a publishing empire. But, as some black bloggers are finding out, the new media world is a lot like the old one: racially segregated, with many prominent black voices still fighting to be heard.
Some bloggers felt insulted this month when the Democratic National Committee selected 55 state-oriented blogs to cover its convention in Denver; critics said few featured African American voices. The DNC said race wasn't considered in its selection from 400 applicants. Officials were more interested in the sites' audience size and how much chatter about local issues appeared on them. The DNC answered critics Thursday by adding several sites led by African Americans to its general blogger pool.