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Check out the widget above. What’s a widget?

Widgets are cool, portable little online features that you can put onto websites easily by just copying a little bit of code into your page. I’m helping to get the word out about The Denver Post‘s widget for coverage of the Democratic National Convention, coming up in a little over a week here in Denver.

It’s a simple way for sites to include syndicated content from outside sources, contained within a defined box or space. Think of all the different elements on a MyYahoo or iGoogle home page – those individual boxes of content are all widgets on the page.

Like the Yahoo or Google widgets, the headlines in the DNC Widget will be updated automatically. It’s a plug-and-play feature.

The DNC Widget will feature the range and depth of coverage of over 200 journalists. The Denver Post has the largest news operation in Colorado, and the bulk of its reporters, photographers, videojournalists, producers and editors will be covering the convention. We’ll also have the resources of other MediaNews Group newspapers at the event, including the San Jose Mercury News, The Detroit News, The St.Paul-Pioneer Press and others.

A week later sites can use MNGi’s Republican National Convention widget, which will feature lead coverage from the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Denver event is sure to be a mind-boggling extravaganza of pop culture and politics, topped off by Barack Obama’s (presumptive) acceptance speech as the Democratic presidential candidate on the final night, Aug. 28.

By the way, there will be a lot of Asian American events during the DNC, including a gala on Monday, Aug. 25 for which I’ll be the local emcee (there’s also a national emcee but I don’t know yet who that’ll be). Should be fun! Here are some more APA events:

Here’s the skinny on the Summit on Sunday and a

AAPI Colorado Summit at the Democratic Convention

Co-sponsored by Colorado AAPI Democrats, Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, DNC Vice Chair U.S. Representative Mike Honda (CA-15) and the Obama for America AAPI Vote Team
Sunday August 24, 12:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street, Downtown Denver
Come help build upon the activism of AAPIs in the Democratic Party, learn from local and national AAPI leaders and network with people from Colorado and across the country. Open to the public.

APAP’s AAPI Grassroots Strategy Session with Special Guest Congressman Mike Honda

Tuesday, August 26th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street, Downtown Denver
Come join APAP, Asian Americans for Obama and South Asians for Obama for this brainstorming session as we discuss swingstate projects and ways to ensure a Democratic victory this November. Free and open to the public. Please email to RSVP.