From American Progress:
MEDIA DESCENDS ON YEARLYKOS CONVENTION:
The ThinkProgress team, along with more than 1,000 other bloggers and activists, last week attended the first annual YearlyKos blogging convention in Las Vegas.
"The gathering resembles a mini-political convention, with seminars instructing participants on the potential power of the blogosphere as well as talks on the Supreme Court, on religion, on the environment, immigration and other issues of the day," reported the New York Times.
Speakers included Gov. Mark Warner (D-VA), Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA). "When I go anyplace now, I'll usually call some of the key bloggers," said Warner. "I'm trying to shift the debate from 'left vs. right' to 'future vs. past.'"
The event also attracted quite a bit of media attention; organizers "put the ratio of conference-goers to reporters at eight to one."
Much of the coverage focused on the fact that progressive bloggers don't fit into the stereotypes the media has created for them: "The crowd is older and more professional than coverage of the blogosphere might lead one to expect. In the session on recruiting progressive candidates for local office, there's an ER doctor, an AIDS activist, a high-school teacher and a representative from the Organic Consumers Association." (More coverage here.)