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The PPL welcomes indie journalists, bloggers, artists, filmmakers, etc to the 2012 DNC in Charlotte

The PPL welcomes indie journalists, bloggers, artists, filmmakers, etc to the 2012 DNC in Charlotte

Posted on 8 Mar 2011 by Justin Ruckman

Did you know that around 16,000 members of the media will be traveling to Charlotte in September of 2012 for the Democratic National Convention? That’s not to mention all the uncredentialed bloggers, podcasters, photographers and videographers that will crowding in for their share as well, sharing hotel rooms, couchsurfing, hitchhiking, or whatever it takes, to be part of a major political event.

Many people will have working accommodations provided by the DNC, but what about everyone else? Amelie’s can only hold, what, maybe a few thousand at most, if everyone lays down and gets snuggly? Just don’t tell the Fire Marshal.

And then what of all the visiting artists and performers? With so many creative minds taking up residence in our city while the theatre of the convention takes place, the time will be ripe for some collaboration and experimentation.

Enter The PPL, a fledgling organization that starts today, in cooperation with WTVI and Culture Initiative, and many more partners soon to come. The PPL is four primary things:

  • a creative coworking space in Charlotte for local and visiting media producers of all walks
  • an exhibition venue for artists and performers
  • a series of press conferences and roundtable discussions throughout the DNC
  • an online community for everyone attending and documenting the upcoming Democratic National Convention

We were inspired during our trip to Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics, where we came across some awesome new-media initiatives, notably the W2 Culture+Media House. We took a tour of the 4-story facility with one of their board members, Kris Krug (@kk), and captured video along the way.

That’s a long video, so don’t worry if you don’t feel like watching. But the point is, this is happening. It’s happened before and elsewhere, and in 2012, it’s happening here in Charlotte.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, drop us a line! Visit The PPL’s website to learn more, and follow us on Twitter (@ppldnc) and Facebook.

We can use all the collaborators and organizational partners we can get, so let us know if you want to help. And tell us what you think about all this in the comments!


  1. lkm 8 Mar 2011 at 11:19 AM

    So… what’s the URL for “The PPL’s website”?

  2. Joshua Shope 9 Mar 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Sounds fantastic and exciting! This architect who can also write/build/do video and photography/screen print wants to be involved.

  3. Grayson Pope 27 Mar 2011 at 9:02 PM

    I want to be a part of thPPL. I’m new to blogging, but highly motivated. I love the medium and I love Charlotte. I grew up in the area and have a real sense of pride about it. My personal blog centers around my Christian faith and how that relates to current events. I think that will be a highly valuable perspective on the DNC, especially here in “the Bible Belt.” Check out my blog and contact me if you’re interested.