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Top of the morning: Different kinds of convention coverage

Posted By Rob Schofield On August 31, 2012 @ 8:21 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

[1]There are obviously lots of different ways to cover a big and complex news event like a political convention. Some journalists focus on the scripted events on the podium, some interview delegates, some look outside of the convention hall. 

Here’s one kind of “coverage” you will not find on our site next week: a cheer-leading group of “livebloggers.” Last night, the Locke Foundation had several staffers set up to “liveblog” the final two hours of the Tampa convention.

Okay — I get it when people tweet or live-blog with contemporaneous commentary. I often wonder who the heck is reading it in the middle of the evening when, if they care at all about the event at all, they’re probably watching it themselves on TV, but I get it.

But can someone tell me what the point is of having — as the Locke people did last night — three of your staffers do a real time narration of live events that once can watch on TV [2]?

Examples:

Rick Henderson – 9:33 PM

Now, a group of Olympic champions from the 2002 Winter Games are on the stage to support Romney

Rick Henderson – 10:36 PM

Romney at the podium. Loud cheers.

Becki Gray – 10:41 PM

Rubio: To he who much is given, much is expected.

We live in a troubled time. Life in America can be better than it has ever been.

His mother was one of seven girls. She and his dad, a bartender never made it big but they were successful – because they made things possible for their children.

Barry Smith – 11:09 PM

Romney digs at Obama promises, then says, “My promise is  to help you and your family.”

Becki Gray – 11:24 PM

If the Romney/Ryan crew can keep up with all those children chasing after balloons, they can turn this country around in no time!

As North Carolina hosts its first national political convention next week, Policy Watch journalist Sarah Ovaska will be in Charlotte looking for interesting stories that you may not find in the mainstream news media. We hope you’ll check back regularly next week to get some of Sarah’s takes.

Follow Sarah on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SarahOvaska [3].

And we promise: No cheer-leading and no “liveblogging” narrations of events you can watch yourself.

 

 


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