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A new chapter for the NPI Advocate

On behalf of the NPI team, I’m excited to announce that this week marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of The Advocate, our second oldest project and primary publication. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been developing a plan to freshen up and strengthen The Advocate, and beginning today, we’re putting that plan into motion. The first thing we’ve done is to redecorate a bit.

As you may have noticed, The Advocate looks different. We’ve given it a wider sidebar, an updated blogroll, and a bold, beautiful new nameplate.

The photo in the nameplate depicts the Cascade Range in the morning from Sunrise, Mount Rainier. I had the good fortune to enjoy this gorgeous view earlier this month when I paid a visit to our state’s oldest national park, and I’m delighted to be able to share it with all of you – our readers.

But this new look and feel is hardly the extent of the changes we have planned.

Beginning in a few days, you’ll be able to look forward to weekly columns by NPI board members, who will take turns weighing in on hot topics and trends we’re tracking. You’ll also be introduced to a number of new contributors, who will assist NPI staff in keeping an eye on the news, analyzing legislation, researching the consequences of ballot measures, and providing live coverage of important events.

And in just over a month, you’ll be treated to almost nonstop coverage of the 2012 Democratic National Convention live from Charlotte, North Carolina.

The upcoming convention in Charlotte will be the third Democratic National Convention to be covered here on The Advocate, and the second to be covered live. But it will be the first convention that we will primarily cover from the perspective of people who are there as delegates.

As many readers may recall, back in May, I myself was elected as a delegate for Barack Obama from the 1st Congressional District.

When I ran for delegate, I made a promise to a room full of committed and devoted activists – a promise that I fully intend to keep. As I said then:

I want to bring the convention home to all of the people who can’t go. I want to be your eyes and ears in Charlotte. Not after the fact – not after I get back – but while I’m there. If you send me to Charlotte, I promise to liveblog the convention in words, audio, and pictures each day, with in-depth coverage of the speeches and the goings-on.

Like many of you, I don’t much care for the shallow “who’s winning, who’s losing today” style coverage we get from the corporate media these days. What’s left of the media, anyway.

I want to provide you with an unfiltered, thoughtful perspective of what’s going on. This convention is an incredibly important event. It deserves to be well-covered.

After word of my promise got out, several other national delegates volunteered to help us provide high-caliber live coverage. They are among the contributors you’ll be introduced to in the days to come. All of us at NPI are grateful to them for their willingness to help us bring the DNC home to the Pacific Northwest.

We will also be covering the Republican National Convention in August, though mostly from here and not from Tampa. (If there are any Republican delegates out there reading this who would be interested in guest posting a couple of times about their convention experience, let us know).

We have many other changes in the pipeline as well, but I’ll touch on those at a later date, since they’re further off.

I want to end this post by extending a heartfelt thank you to all of the people who have loyally supported us over the years.

We hope you enjoy reading the newly reinvigorated NPI Advocate.