On behalf of the Newsvine Team, msnbc.com, MSNBC Television and NBC News, I would like to show our appreciation to Miss Dev, for her amazing work in making Newsvine DNC 2008 coverage a complete success.
Without Dev's selfless hard work, creativity, inspiration, attention to detail, persistence and willingness to roll with the punches, our coverage of the DNC would not have been possible. Of the many things Miss Dev did, here are just a few that stood out as well above and beyond the call of duty:
- Finding Newsvine DNC HQ - a charming house with wifi (that also came with a car!), and stocking it with Colorado-brewed beer and vodka.
- Properly preparing us for our visit to Denver.
- Always being our eyes and ears on the ground.
- Churning out amazing articles day after day, while covering the convention, protests and security in Denver while also juggling 9-5 work!
- Spending 3.5 hours out in the 95+ degree Denver heat to get our press credentials.
- Handling all forms of logistics about where to meet, eat, drink, sleep and write.
- Being a good sport about being separated from the rest of us at Mile High.
- Inspiring her own Mom to also participate in Newsvine DNC coverage!
In addition to bringing Viki, Killfile and me to the DNC, Dev also successfully brought the DNC to thousands of people across the world, in the way that only she can do. She did this by consistently writing fantastic, honest articles that explored complex issues and problems facing ordinary Denverites, as well as America at large. The topics she covered were largely left unexplored by the media, which is why msnbc.com decided to feature the following stories written by Miss Dev directly on the Cover as well the Politics Section.
All that she has done for us, and for Newsvine, goes far beyond being an amazing Newsviner and Citizen Journalist. She is, quite simply, an amazing person. Dev's work at the DNC has paved the road in many important ways for other Newsviners to cover future events that continue to shape our world.
Please join us in recognizing Miss Dev's amazing work, tireless commitment and her unparalleled all-around contribution to Newsvine's mission and purpose, by celebrating her Random Act of Vineness award.