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1:00pm September 17, 2010

DNC Looks to Partner With Black Bloggers At Midterms, Beyond

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In an effort to further spur outreach efforts to African Americans in time for the November midterm elections, Democratic National Committee (“DNC”) Chairman Tim Kaine held an on-the-record meeting with some of the nation’s most influential members of the black blogosphere.

Politic365 was one of a handful of online media outlets invited to take part in this event hosted at the DNC Headquarters in Washington, D.C., as were representatives from Blogging While Brown, Jack and Jill Politics, TheLoop21, The Black Snob, The Root, Legal Speaks and the Center for Community Change, among others.  Also in attendance were members of the DNC’s Communications, New Media and Organizing for America teams.

Topics during the discussion ranged from voter mobilization strategies to the ways in which the DNC could more effectively leverage minority media outlets to better penetrate a critical demographic for the Democratic Party — African American communities.

With mid-term elections approximately 40 days out, Chairman Kaine candidly noted that there was not “a single night in primary season that we [the DNC] went out feeling worse than when we went in, but every primary presents new opportunities for growth for the party.”

Those new opportunities for growth begin with efforts to better understand and serve critical constituencies.  Calling Democrats the “can do party,” Kaine insisted that now is the time to start telling the good news success stories about all that Democratic leadership has accomplished under President Barack Obama.  From health insurage reform, to stopping the war in Iraq and developing new oversight for credit card and lending practices, Kaine expressed confidence in the notion that America will continue to evolve toward a place of growth and economic recovery if Democrats maintain their majority in Congress.

Several challenges lie ahead for the DNC, including the need to discern a strategy to reactivate, during midterms, the 15 million first-time voters who rallied behind then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008; and finding new ways to energize and excite the Democratic base.

To tackle these challenges, at least one part of the DNC’s strategy going forward will be to better engage with African American bloggers who can create more relevant ties to their communities.  “Our elected body doesn’t look like America looks,” said Kaine.  “To get from where we are to an electorate that like like America looks, the Democrats will do most of the heavy lifting.”

That work begins with the ability to develop better relationships with online entities that have a deeper footprint in the communities that the DNC is trying to reach and serve.

Theirs will be a long-term strategy, and the DNC now realizs the importance of finding ways to more fully integrate African American new media outlets into their constituent outreach activities beyond election season.



About the Author

Kristal High
Kristal Lauren High co-founded and serves as Editor in Chief of Politic365. Prior to launching the publication, Kristal developed an expertise in broadband adoption among minority, low-income and underserved populations through her work with the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Media & Technology Institute. Throughout her career, Kristal has worked with national civil rights and civic associations, business leaders, minority elected officials, and Fortune 500 brands on an array of issues pertaining to the leveraged use of the Internet for online coalition building, stakeholder outreach, political advocacy and multimedia production. For her efforts in online advocacy and web publishing, Kristal received the New York Urban League Young Professionals Digital Renaissance Award and the NAACP’s Leadership 500 Chairman’s Leadership Award. She was also named to the Digital Sisterhood Network’s Top 100 Digital Sisters of the Year and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Black Broadcaster’s Association. Kristal is also the recipient of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Excellence in Communications award, and has been named to two top 40 Under 40 lists - the Lawyers of Color Hot List and the National Bar Association's/IMPACT Nation's Best Advocates list.




 
 

 
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3 Comments


  1. [...] but I digress.  Yesterday, I was one of several Black Bloggers here in DC that had a sit-down with Gov. Tim Kaine, the Chair of the Democratic National Committee, and his communication staff.  Seems that via the [...]


  2. I think its great that the DNC is listening to the young intelligent voices in the black community. There are alot of brothers and sisters out there with very important things to say about the direction of this country and our voices should be heard by leadership. If not we will continue to be underrepresented and without any political advocates.


  3. jt5

    obama is a 1 term weak loser! I will not vote for him!



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