As network television has largely abandoned live coverage of the national political conventions, the online media world is expanding coverage and resources.

The Washington Post and Newsweek have just announced extensive Web
casts from both conventions.  Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and the Post’s
Chris Cillizza will co-host.  Above is a little behind the scenes I
taped with Jon earlier this year.

What’s interesting here is that the Webcast is not just another
stopping place for the usual spinmeisters and pundits, but for a number
of power bloggers and online media executives from MySpace, YouTube and

Here’s the line-up:

shows will feature Washington Post and Newsweek reporters and columnists, plus
political and media figures including The Daily Kos’s Markos Moulitsas,
YouTube’s Steve Grove, The Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington, MySpace’s Lee
Brenner, Bob Boorstin from Google, Facebook’s Chris Kelly, Jeff Jarvis from
BuzzMachine,’s Eli Pariser, Crooks and Liars’s John Amato, and Voto
Latino’s Maria Teresa Peterson.

Last week, CBS News and CNET announced joint Webcasts of the Conventions.

— Andy Plesser, Executive Producer