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Covering the DNC -- Front and Backstage, Too

EthnicNEWz.org, Blog, Eduardo A. de Oliveira Posted: Aug 20, 2008

Editor's Note: Eduardo de Oliveira of New England Ethnic Newss heads off to Denver soon -- thanks to New America Media -- to cover the Democratic National Convention, Aug. 25-28, 2008. Eduardo and nine other NAM-sponsored ethnic-media journalists will blog and report on the DNC for electorates of color, all across the United States.

"For the first time, Latinos and immigrants in general can [have] a bigger role in selecting the next president of the United States," he says, much bigger than in previous U.S. presidential elections during their lifetime.

Here is Eduardo's first DNC blog:

In one way or another, Ive been attending classes in U.S. politics my entire life, even in my native Brazil.

There, back in 1992, I studied the remote images of then-Gov. Bill Clinton saying, He [then-Pres. George H. Bush] cant battle me on the economy.

Sure, those were just long-distance classes. But the wait was worth it!

Now, thanks to the sponsorship of California-based New America Media, a nonprofit online newswire of ethnic press, I have the opportunity to cover the Democratic National Convention on site in Denver for New England Ethnic News (EthnicNEWz.org).

Ill exchange the back seat where the coolest political geeks always hide to get front-row excitement.

As a journalist for ethnic media, I won't be alone. New America Media is sponsoring nine other journalists from ethnic press, from all across the US as well (see the list of names and media at the bottom).

On Aug. 24, they will join me in Denver, Colo., to cover the Democratic National Convention (DNC).
For some political pundits in the mainstream, the presidential elections are all about math.
For me, its more about history since Sen. Barack Obama will be the first African American to clinch the presidential nomination.

Thats where ethnic media my nine fellow journalists and me play a part. Sen. Obamas words and promises will be captured by our ethnic lenses.

From the role of Muslims in Obamas campaign, to the contributions of Asian-Americans, nothing will escape the ethnic-news crews.

As Anthony Advincula, a national editor for New America Media, said, Were betting all of our chips on you 10 [ethnic-media journalists at the DNC]. This is the perfect convention for the minority electorate.

Regrettably, the Republican National Convention did not respond to the press-credential requests by New America Media. As of now, our group of ethnic journalists will not be able to cover the RNC.
Still, when the DNC chair calls for a simple voice vote, All in favor say Aye, Ill be backstage, asking people how important the minority vote is for Democrats.

More than 80,000 people have confirmed their attendance for the last night of the DNC, on Aug. 28, when Obama will accept the nomination.

The vast majority of 17,000 hotel rooms in the Denver area are booked already. About 21,000 people will volunteer to manage one of the biggest political events in the country, hosting 300 foreign dignitaries invited by the National Democratic Institute.

The media frenzy will be complete; therell be more persons from the press (15,000) than delegates (6,000).

Denver, the 20th-largest metropolitan area in America, will host its second Democratic National Convention exactly 100 years after its first.

I promise to be your eyes and ears in Denver. And check back here regularly for my DNC Blog -- in English and Portuguese -- at EthnicNEWz.org.

The 10 ethnic-media journalists sponsored by New America Media:

1) Ashahed M. Muhammad, The Final Call (Chicago)
2) Zuag Kimberly Chang, Hmong Today (Minneapolis)
3) Erline Andrews, Caribbean Life (New York)
4) Juan Carlos Ramos, El Tiempo New Orleans (New Orleans)
5) Eduardo de Oliveira, New England Ethnic News (EthnicNEWz.org) (Boston)
6) Judith Martinez, Atlanta Latino (Atlanta)
7) Kaiping Liu, World Journal (San Francisco)
8) Gregg Morris, The Word (Hunter College, New York)
9) Randy Stelly, The Real Views (Baton Rouge)
10) Anthony D. Advincula, New America Media (Northeast)

Eduardo A. de Oliveira is a 34-year-old Brazilian journalist based in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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