As you probably know, I’m managing blogger accreditations for LeWeb in Paris for the third time. We’ve decided to change the system slightly this year to ensure a more balanced representation of countries and linguistic groups. We’ve also decided to do away with the big deadline to request an accreditation, and will be evaluating applications on a case-by-case basis.
Basically, here’s what we’re going to do:
First, reach out to motivated and influential bloggers and podcasters in all countries and linguistic communities. We need your help for that — to identify them, and maybe also to contact them. This is what this post is about.
Second, in September, we will allow individual bloggers/podcasters to apply for an accreditation.
We have thought quite a bit about what we expect from official bloggers, as a conference, and what kind of population we want to reach and invite. Our criteria this year will be stricter. To make it clear: if you work for an industry agency or big company, your company should be paying for your ticket — unless you are primarily known as a high-profile blogger, independently of your work. But more on that in good time (September).
So, back to our plan for July: the problem with the system that we used over the last two years is that it was perfectly possible for us to end up with no blogger from country XYZ covering the conference — or no coverage in certain languages. We want to make sure that LeWeb’10 echoes beyond political and linguistic barriers.
We have a pretty good idea who the main players are in anglophone and francophone circles. However, you probably know your country or linguistic group’s bloggers or podcasters better than we do.
Here’s who we’re looking for. Official bloggers and podcasters should:
- have a passion for content and reporting
- commit to attending and covering the conference (it’s in English!)
- have significant reach and influence inside their community.
Although the accreditation allows to attend the conference for free, we cannot cover expenses.
Got a few people in mind? Great! Please use this form to recommend three bloggers/podcasters from your linguistic group or country.
Thanks a lot for your help! Please tell your friends speaking other languages or from other countries to send in their recommendations too.