Slugger Awards 2008: Political Blogger

The blog revolution has brought a new creative class of engaged writer / reporter / photographer which has the capacity to shake up old assumptions, turn them over and offer new and diverse angles on old problems. Particularly in the last few years, Northern Ireland has developed an accelerating number of blogs. We examined those which were consistently well written, creative and challenging. And the winner is…Winner: NALIL (North Antrim Local Interest List).

This began as the blog of a group interested mostly in genealogy but also in history, culture and current affairs in the immediate area of North Antrim. It’s compiler and writer Nevin Taggart however has taken the blog far beyond the confines of local interest. Only just over a year old it began running some tightly researched stories about the plans for the Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre which whetted the appetites of investigative journalists in the mainstream media and further research led to several stories in the print media and an edition of the BBC Spotlight programme.

Commended: Burke’s Corner.

A very high quality blog and one of the few written by an genuine political insider with a strong grasp of the historical and international tradition of traditional Conservativism. His writing is rounded, erudite and expressive of that basic message from Slugger’s first intensive research report into the future of Unionism; ie that it should get out more.

Commended: 3000 Verst of Lonliness.

Another relatively youthful blog, but by a long time Slugger commenter 3000 Versts has already been picked up and recognised in the Total Politics top 100 UK blogs of the year, coming number 2 to Slugger in the Northern Irish category and an impressive five in the unaligned blogs. It’s considered by some political insiders to be well written and wise beyond the years of its author.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

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