Newsweek, Washington Post to stream video

Newsweek.com and Washingtonpost.com, both owned by the Washington Post Co., will offer seven hours a day of live Web coverage of the Democratic and Republican conventions.

The sites will feature several of the publications’ star reporters, editors and analysts in streaming video coverage starting at 4 p.m. ET, Monday through Thursday, of both weeks.

Guests will include some top Web figures, like the Huffingtonpost.com’s Arianna Huffington; YouTube’s Steve Grove; MySpace’s Lee Brenner; Google’s Bob Boorstin; Facebook’s Chris Kelly; Jeff Jarvis from BuzzMachine.com; and MoveOn.org’s Eli Pariser.

Anchoring the proceedings, dubbed “Campaign ’08,” will be Newsweek mag’s top editor, Jon Meacham, and Washingtonpost.com political reporter Chris Cillizza.

Washington Post reporters and commentators will include David Broder, Dan Balz, Dana Milbank and Mary Ann Akers, along with Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, Richard Wolff, Jonathan Alter and Eleanor Clift.

Newsweek.com and Washingtonpost.com teamed earlier this year for similar Web coverage during the primaries. The success of those ventures prompted plans to do the same for the nominating conventions.

“We continue to explore innovative ways for readers to engage with our leading political team and get the most in-depth news as it happens,” said Jim Brady, Washingtonpost.com exec editor, in a statement. “Our live video and our ability to incorporate reporters’ uncut footage straight from their mobile phones will give users a conventions experience like never before.”

“We’re committed to giving our users and readers the best perspective we can on this historic race, and the webcasts have proven to be an engaging way of offering reporting and analysis that people cannot find anywhere else,” Meacham said.

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