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We think it's time to take another step to engage our community in a conversation about the news. Starting at 10 a.m. each weekday, you'll be able to join us during our morning planning sessions.

What's even better is you can do this from the comfort of your home or office. All you need is a high-speed Internet connection to view the live Webcam broadcasts our meetings.

We want a dialogue and not a monoblog, however. What's particularly exciting about the Yahoo Live technology is it allows users to chat with an Advocate editor during the broadcast. The editor will share all pertinent comments during the meeting -- essentially, we want you to contribute in real time to our discussion.

If you like or don't like a particular story , we hope to hear from you. If you have a tip or a story idea, all the better. Let us know whatever is on your mind.

After the meeting, we'll post a list of possible stories for tomorrow's front page and ask you to vote on them. Even those who miss the live broadcast, which admittedly will have the sex appeal of C-Span, will be able to participate in the poll, which will be posted most of the day. We'll consider the results as we finalize the front page later in the day.

We want to emphasize this is all an experiment. We're not entirely sure how the technology will work. During our testing, for example, we've seen a little lag time in the broadcasts, meaning you may seem some delay before we respond to your comments. The picture quality is what you'd expect from a Webcam. We may need to keep tinkering to improve the audio.

How well it all works ultimately, though, is up to you. If you find this conversation interesting and worth your time occasionally, the broadcasts will be a rousing success. If the crickets are chirping in cyberspace, we'll move on to the next effort to engage our audience.

Click here for a link to the broadcast, which will be active only at 10 a.m. weekdays. Our meetings generally last about 30-45 minutes, depending upon how much we have to cover. We expect we'll have even more to cover if our community contributes to the cause.