Since September 2010, 15 everyday women known as “iVoices” have been reporting on issues that matter to them most at NBCUniversal’s iVillage, an online community for women that boasts more than 30 million visitors per month.
Last month iVillage announced they were taking applications to add to their iVoices community. Three judges helped pore through the stacks of essays and video submissions: Natalie Morales of NBC’s Today show, Tamron Hall of MSNBC’s News Nation, and Amy Robach of Saturday Today.
Tamrom said of the applications and judging process:
There was humor, there was charm, and certainly there were people who were incredibly intelligent and just had a fantastic energy. So that’s what I was looking for.
The 10 newest iVoices at iVillage were announced yesterday, and they include:
- Dwan Perrin, MommaDJane
- Jim Higley, Bobblehead Dad
- Amanda Rodriguez, Parenting By Dummies
- Lindsay Ferrier, Suburban Turmoil
- Adam Cohen, DaDa Rocks!
- Linda Sellers, Welcome to Linneyville
- Frances Johnson, Beans & Cornfed
- Linda Rihani, Baby To Be TV
- Raven Santana, @RavenSantana
- Jenny Isenman, The Suburban Jungle
Congratulations to those chosen have been shared across Facebook, Twitter, and individual blog posts, with more than a few mentions of an obvious difference with this group: there are two dads among the women.
During the original round of casting, iVillage Executive Vice President Judi Kahn described iVoices as ”a program that brings women’s voices forward as part of formal editorial product.” [emphasis added]
But it was clear from the recent search that iVillage had opened the gates for men and dads to apply as well. “iVoices on iVillage is a network of outspoken people from all over the country … We’re looking for social media mavens, vloggers, bloggers and regular people – moms and non-moms.” [emphasis added]