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OC blog runner-up in national competition

The official announcement went out today that Joe Malchow of Dartblog took first place in the America’s Future Foundation College Blogger Contest 2008 and will receive the $10,000 prize. The Oregon Commentator blog was runner-up, which would be somewhat anticlimactic except that one of the judges has decided to give us a $1,000 second place prize out of his pocket. Third place went to Surveillance State.

David Kirby of the AFF told me it was a close race and that we received a few first place votes. Going into the competition, we understood Malchov and company were heavy favorites; the fact we gave those Ivy League guys a run for their money calls for a big West Coast cheers.

“I’m so pleased that AFF has had the opportunity to shine a light on so many of the talented writers and journalists who are up-and-comers in the fight for liberty,” Kirby said. “We’re looking forward to building on this year’s success to turn the AFF College Blogger Contest into a consistent leader in encouraging freedom-minded writers to speak up on campuses across the country.”

Thank you AFF for hosting this competition and to all the judges, and a special thanks to the fine gentleman who created the now award-winning OC blog, Mr. Bret Jacobson, Mr. Oliver Ruff, Mr. Pete Hunt, Mr. Sho Ikeda and Mr. William Beutler, and to everyone else who has contributed to the Oregon Commentator for the past twenty four and a half years.

The Commentator is a tradition like no other and it’s a pleasure to continue advocating for conservatism, free thought and individual liberty at the University of Oregon.

  1. Matt Walsh says:

    Well done Commentator! Too bad I won’t be there for the $1000 worth of kegs all you alkies will be drinkin’ on!

  2. Neil Brown says:


  3. Timothy says:

    Well, if the site goes dark we’ll all know why.

  4. Vincent says:

    Instapundit has a link to all the winners on his front page.

    Has our traffic increased yet?

  5. Largenfirm says:

    Congrats to you guys – it was the Frisch-photo-blogging that put you over the top, of course!


  6. Niedermeyer says:

    Congratulations people!

    Thanks to the judges and everyone who has helped the OC be what it is for twenty five freaking years.

  7. Janae schiller says:

    Oregon voice finished tied for 2022nd place

  8. Sean says:

    And common sense!

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