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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

"Beltway Blogroll" is National Journal's Newest Column; Written by K. Daniel Glover

Mention National Journal to Capitol Hill or White House aides and most will mention something about being comprehensive, credible, influential, factual or objective. Or some variation on all five of those august characteristics. The magazine is expensive and access is strictly limited to subscribers, yet it is among the most frequently quoted and consulted publications in Washington, D.C.

National Journal specializes in serving a select audience of Washington policy-makers by providing timely, thoroughly researched and scrupulously balanced reports on major issues, legislation, executive branch programs and proposals and federal court cases.

The flagship weekly magazine is complimented by a stable of traditional and online publications that includes The Hotline, Congress Daily, Government Executive, Technology Daily and American Health Line.

And now National Journal is adding "Beltway Blogroll," a bi-weekly column on blogging authored by K. Daniel Glover, managing editor of Technology Daily. Unlike so much of National Journal's content, Glover's column is available to all comers and can be found on the magazine's home page.

In his first offering, Glover notes that "the blog days of Campaign 2004 are over now, but this year the technology that transformed the political scene is taking root in the wonky world of Washington. Web logs are quickly becoming a more visible and influential policy weapon.
The high-profile debate over Social Security is a good example. The topic already has generated thousands of blog postings."

Glover's purpose is to cover developments as blogs become more influential in Washington's policy making environs on Capitol Hill, in the White House and elsewhere in the executive branch, the federal courts, K Street lobbyists and the think tank communities of policy wonks and wonkettes. I know Glover as a solid, hard-working journalist. You can reach him via email at: DGlover@NationalJournal.com. And the column itself is at: http://beltwayblogroll.nationaljournal.com/

That National Journal now thinks the Blogosphere is having such influence on national politics and policy making is yet another vitally important sign that the continuing communications revolution brought about by the Internet is also reshaping other major sectors of our world. Just as did Mr. Guttenberg's wonderful invention centuries ago.