Monday, February 04, 2008

Joining the team at MBA and Newsweek

Occasionally something will happen here at The World which changes the way we do things on this weblog for awhile, and the reality of the 2008 Presidential Election has certainly changed the focus here a bit. Regulars know we devote a lot of time to State and local politics here in Tennessee, and that has greatly expanded readership here in this very blog-rich State. With Super Tuesday tomorrow and then a long election season ahead, the presidential race can't escape notice here-and if you think The World is covering it heavily now, there is more to come in the weeks and months ahead.

I've received a couple of e-mails asking why I'm not part of the team covering Super Tuesday for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. I think the KNS has put together an outstanding group of bloggers to cover the election on the ground tomorrow, and because of the unique local issues involved in the vote in Knox County, the News-Sentinel needs folks who can be on the ground there in some of the key precincts covering those races in a way that I just can't do. As for me, I have a different assignment...

I'm very pleased to announce that The World will be joining the team of bloggers at the Media Bloggers Association who will be giving our unique perspectives and lending our voices to Newsweek's online coverage of Campaign 2008 at Newsweek's online blog agregator The Ruckus. The group of bloggers that MBA and Newsweek have put together to cover the election are some of the very best in the country, and I am extremely humbled to share space with such a diverse group of liberals and conservatives from around the country (not to mention being on the left rail with Captain Ed Morrissey). There are a few kinks in the agregator, but hopefully those will be ironed out today.

I wanted our Tennessee regulars to know this because if you see this blog taking a bit more of a national turn in the months ahead, you will know why. Don't worry, though-just because there is going to be a lot more coverage of the presidential campaign doesn't mean we're letting up on Tennessee one bit.

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At Monday, February 04, 2008 7:44:00 PM, Blogger Sharon Cobb said...

Congratulations, though I'm not the least bit surprised.

At Tuesday, February 05, 2008 10:11:00 AM, OpenID JackD said...

Indeed, congratulations!

And I would hope if we continue our group bookmarking effort after Super Tuesday, you'd consider joining.

For the "proof of concept" experiment we're doing with the primary, we purposefully kept the group small. It's definitely bleeding edge and we didn't know if we could pull it off or exactly what we would get.

Like they say, sometimes you just have to do it.


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