While I was at BlogHer this week, I noticed a wide variety of press outlets discussing BlogHer and the bloggers attending. While most were informative and fair, there were a few outliers. I was particularly incensed by the “lady bloggers descend on San Diego and watch out because they can’t put their phones down while walking” article by San Diego Magazine.
The whole article is downright dismissive and annoying. “Lady Bloggers tweet to live!” “Lady bloggers make money!” “Lady bloggers have opinions!” (Gosh, we do?). Nothing like a dash of sexism with your journalism in the morning!
Luckily, other press outlets were much more fair, acknowledging the incredible power of women in new media. Here’s a run down of some of the great coverage of BlogHer ’11.
• SignOn San Diego: “BlogHer Confab Puts Women in Cyberspace.” Terrible title aside, the article is full of smart quotes including the results of the Pew Foundation’s study on social media and the economic power of women.
• The LA Times “Worried About Your Kid’s Being Online? You should be” talks about one particular session about how to protect children online, with a particular emphasis of the permanence of online material.
• Ad Week offers up “Brands Court Female Bloggers in San Diego.” This smart piece highlights the way brands are putting their money into supporting and working with women bloggers, and speaks about the over 100 sponsors of the BlogHer conference and why they chose to be there.
• Forbes Blogs has “Women Rule the World (of blogging that is)” that mentions the economic power of women that blog and talks about the CEO of PepsiCo who was a keynote presenter at the conference.
• NBC San Diego has a great video piece on “Blogosphere Expands to San Diego” that features BlogHer co-founder Elisa Camahort-Page and blogger and entrepreneur Esther Crawford very favorably.
Overall, the press was insightful, accurate, and reflected the reality of BlogHer, thank goodness. Because I’m not sure how much more we need of the whole “Lady Bloggers” type of news coverage. Am I right?
For a full list of BlogHer in the news, be sure to visit their clippings page.