MySpace partners with NBC, MSNBC for political convention contest

Two winners will be joint MySpace-MSNBC "journalists" at the major parties' conventions.

MySpace's political initiatives didn't end with the primaries: the News Corp.-owned social network has unveiled a contest in conjunction with NBC News and MSNBC.com in anticipation of the major parties' campaign conventions.

Part of the Decision '08 initiative between MySpace and NBC News, it's a competition to choose MySpace's "citizen journalist" correspondents at the major parties' national conventions later this summer.

Entrants, who must be MySpace members who are 18 years or older, must answer one of the following questions via a video submission: "Why do you vote?" "Why are you the best person for this job?" and "How will you stand out in the crowd and get the scoop no one else can?" Entries open at noon Pacific time on Thursday, and close on July 16.

Contest judges will be MSNBC personalities Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist, as well as MySpace president Tom Anderson (yes, that Tom) and Lee Brenner, director of the site's "Impact" political activism section. They'll choose five finalists, from whom two winners will be chosen by members of MySpace.

Convention reports, both text and video, from the two winning "journalists," will then be featured in MySpace and MSNBC's campaign coverage.

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