AP to Launch Political Convention Blog

AP to Launch Political Convention Blog
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The Associated Press is debuting its first blog at the political conventions in Boston and New York, with reporter Walter Mears. He will pair with Washington reporter Nancy Benac to provide running commentary, insight and news tidbits from the Democratic and Republican conventions. Mears has reported from every convention since 1964
and Benac has covered 10 conventions. They will be assisted by political
databank editor Sam Hananel. blog@ap.org will be available to subscribers to AP's premium election services, AP Politics and AP Election Online.
"We like to try new things at the conventions because we have such a large
staff in one place," said AP's Washington bureau chief, Sandy Johnson.
AP reporters filed from the convention floor via Palm Pilot in 2000, when they were fairly new.
In Boston, the blog will run July 25-29. In New York, Aug. 29-Sept 2.



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