Newsweek Announces Three New Blogs for 'The Ruckus,' a New Group Politics Blog In Association With the Media Bloggers Association (MBA), The Ruckus

Features Guest Bloggers From the Left, Right and Center

    NEW YORK, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Newsweek and the Media
 Bloggers Association (MBA) have invited three new blogs to join 'The
 Ruckus,' a group blog about politics published by Joining
 'The Ruckus' are Brian Leubitz of, Jeralyn Merritt of and David Oatney of The World According to Oatney
     "The newest contributors to 'The Ruckus' represent key states in the
 2008 presidential race -- California, Colorado and Tennessee," said Deidre
 Depke, editor of "As the campaign progresses, we'll
 periodically introduce new blogs to reflect the changing political
     "The Media Bloggers Association is excited to team with Newsweek in
 bringing additional voices into the robust political dialog that has
 characterized 'The Ruckus' since its launch in late 2007," said Robert Cox,
 president of MBA.
     Launched in December 2007, 'The Ruckus' includes posts related to the
 2008 campaign from nine MBA-member bloggers with a variety of political
 views and backgrounds, representing different parts of the country on a
 single page. The blog gives readers a convenient sampling of
 some of the best political blogging from across the country and from key
 primary states.
     "In the grand tradition of American political conversation, 'The
 Ruckus' offers a broad spectrum of political argument and analysis taking
 place in the blogosphere," Depke said. "A healthy democracy requires debate
 and a lively conversation and we're excited about publishing the opinions
 of our guest bloggers and the comments from their readers."
     'The Ruckus'
 ( joins
 Newsweek's growing stable of blogs, including Stumper, a politics blog by
 Newsweek's Andrew Romano
 ( Other
 participants in 'The Ruckus' include John Amato,; Faye
 Anderson,; Joe Gandelman,;
 James Joyner,; Ed Morrissey,; and Oliver Willis,
     To make way for the three new bloggers, participating blogs from early
 primary states are leaving 'The Ruckus,' including Dean Barker,; Adam Fogle,; and Chris Woods, "These excellent blogs helped our readers gain
 invaluable insights into the political process in Iowa, New Hampshire and
 South Carolina, and we are indebted to them for their efforts," said Depke.
     About Newsweek:
     Founded in 1933, Newsweek provides comprehensive coverage of national
 and international affairs, business, culture, science and technology, and
 arts and entertainment. Headquartered in New York, Newsweek has 20 bureaus
 located in the U.S. and around the globe. In addition to its U.S. edition,
 Newsweek publishes three English-language editions overseas and is the only
 news magazine with six weekly local-language editions -- in Japanese,
 Korean, Spanish, Polish, Arabic Chinese and Russian. Newsweek's worldwide
 circulation is more than 3.5 million and a total readership of more than 21
 million. The magazine appears in more than 190 countries. Newsweek holds
 more National Magazine Awards, given by the American Society of Magazine
 Editors (ASME), than any other newsweekly., launched in Oct. 1998, offers daily news updates,
 Web-only columns from Newsweek's top writers, photo galleries, audio and
 video reports from correspondents, podcasts, mobile content and archives as
 well as all content from the weekly print edition. The site has won more
 than 20 awards since 2002 and has been nominated twice for a National
 Magazine Award.
     About the Media Bloggers Association:
     The Media Bloggers Association ( is a nonpartisan
 organization dedicated to promoting, protecting and educating its members;
 supporting the development of "blogging" or "citizen journalism" as a
 distinct form of media; and helping to extend the power of the press, with
 all the rights and responsibilities that entails, to every citizen. The MBA
 has provided legal assistance to hundreds of bloggers since it was founded
 in 2004. The MBA has managed blogger credentialing for two presidential
 debates and a major federal trial (U.S. v. Libby).

SOURCE Newsweek

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