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The Republicans Are Here

IMG_1914.JPGT-10 minutes until the Republican Debate begins. I've been roaming the campus since 3 p.m. this afternoon taking photos and trying to capture all the excitement on campus. I started my afternoon taking photos of supporters and protesters at the entrance to the college on Saint Anselm Drive and then traveled down to Sullivan Arena for a look behind the scenes.

You can view the the photos on Flickr at www.flickr.com/photos/saintanselm/tags/republican. A Flash slide show is available at www.flickr.com/photos/saintanselm/tags/republican/show. Be sure to check back later this evening and tomorrow morning for additional photos submitted by the team of photographers covering the debate.

I'll watch the debate in the media filing center and then travel over to the "spin room" in Stoughtenburg Gymnasium at the conclusion of the debates.

June 5, 2007

CNN Reporter John King Speaks With Students

CNN Political Correspondent John KingCNN Chief National Correspondent John King spoke this morning with 15 Saint Anselm College students assisting the network with debate preparations. The informal conversation covered everything from how King broke into TV journalism to his work covering six presidential elections and reporting from south Asia following the 2004 tsunami.

King explained the importance of getting outside of Washington and New York and visiting small-town America to get the real perspective on the issues. “The best thing you can do whether you want to cover city hall or the White House is to go visit a community you’ve never been to before and sit in the back seat of a school committee meeting and listen… that’s where the issues that matter are discussed,” said King.

On the current front loading of the presidential primaries, King thinks a spread out system of primaries is better for the country and for the two political parties. “There is a balance that can preserve and protect Iowa and New Hampshire and the charm at the beginning of the calendar and bring some of the [other states] up. How to rotate or regulate that is the hard part.”

CNN Political Correspondent John King and Saint Anselm College StudentsKing discussed how TV journalists in his position have to always be mindful of the information they are reporting. “If you are talking about stuff that is sensitive, you will, in the course of your speaking, move financial markets,” he said, recounting a specific instance where he was reporting from the lawn of the White House following the resignation of President Clinton’s Treasury Secretary Robert Rubins in July 1999.

TV is an entirely different medium than print. It’s in many cases radio, since people are going about their daily lives and listening rather than watching. On TV, you need to get people’s attention.

“An average TV live shot is about a minute and a half, so the pictures have to complement what I’m saying. I’ve got to get you to watch, so I need a line or two at the top that makes you stop what you are doing and look at the TV.” said King.

“You get one shot, so you better choose your words carefully.”

For the complete conversation in its entirely, click on the audio file included with this post.

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June 5, 2007

We've Got the Issues with 96.9 FM Talk

Although the main action was up on the hilltop Sunday night, where the eight Democratic candidates squared off in their first debate in the first-in-the-nation primary state, the action continued at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics where 96.9 FM Talk radio personalities Jay Severin, Jim Braude, and Margery Eagan broadcast spirited post-debate analysis in front of a live audience in the NHIOP Auditorium.

Callers from the region and New Hampshire natives in the audience peppered the trio with questions and issues were discussed and debated ranging from supporting the troops in Iraq to the future of the New Hampshire Primary. Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico joined the fray by phone and former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel participated live in the NHIOP Auditorium.

The 96.9 FM Talk insight and analysis continues tonight with Jay Severin and Michael Graham as the Republican candidates take the stage. The broadcast will again be open to the public with a debate watch starting at 7 and at 9, 96.9 FM Talk will begin their live broadcast. Join us down at the NHIOP to hear what the issues are and what they means for the 2008 Presidential election.

June 5, 2007

In My Humble Opinion…

Since the entire media has already covered many aspects of the Democratic debate, here are some quick observations:

- It was disappointing to see that the CNN Express Bus replaced the view of Alumni Hall. Sunday morning viewers had a clear shot of the building, but by the afternoon that view was blocked by the giant bus.

- I feel bad for the CNN sound crew. Fahey's mic did not work (twice) and the "back chatter" of the candidates could be heard throughout the debate. Columnists from The Politico, The Hotline, and others wrote on the topic.

- It's disappointing to see little focus on the Biden, Dodd and Richardson. The Big Three were able to debate between each other, while the second-tier candidates were constrained. Even, Ray Buckley is complaining that NBC 's fall debate better not follow the CNN route.

- Finally, a student from the Saint Anselm College student body should have been given the opportunity to ask a question.

- Brian "Cosmo" Lawson ('08)
New Hampshire Presidential Watch
www.nh2008.blogspot.com

June 4, 2007

Students Discuss Their Experiences Working the CNN Debates

Some 51 Saint Anselm College students have been working closely with CNN on debate preparations since late last week. These students and their 10-hour plus work days have played a critical role in making the debates a reality. Students have worked with CNN's news anchors, correspondents, set designers, marketing and public relation staff, and others running errands, standing in for set checks (lighting, sound, video), moving sets, and many other important roles.

In the meantime, they've got to know many of CNN's on-air talent and executives and received an insiders view of all the work that goes into staging a major event like CNN's Presidential Primary Debates.

Cory True '09, a junior politics major from Augusta, Maine (and guest student blogger), had the opportunity to interview two students about their experiences working the debates.

In his first interview, Cory talks with Mark Grasso '10, a sophomore politics major. Mark started his week working to transform Sullivan Arena into a debate venue. He then moved on to assisting the CNN marketing staff with installing signage around campus and later to working in the green room of a democratic candidate.

Cory also interviewed Ryan Ollis '08, a senior politics and pre-law major from Dudley, Mass. Ryan also helped with the set up of Sullivan Arena working with the debate's executive producer and later worked as a stand in for CNN News Correspondent John King in the debate's "spin room." Ryan's highlight so far: chauffeuring around CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

Click on the audio file below to hear Cory True's audio interview with two Saint Anselm students.

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June 4, 2007

"Running" for CNN, Day 3

The debates are over…for today. Not to worry though, we'll still be here tomorrow, and again for the Republican debate on Tuesday. After the long hours at work, and the short nights of sleep, the experience is all of, and more than what I could have expected it to be.

Dedicated Saint Anselm students have diligently worked to represent the college, and it certainly showed tonight. Much of what you saw on TV, and even more that will only be seen by those who were on campus, was the product of a Saint Anselm student. From driving a guest to an appearance on the quad-based CNN studio, to ensuring that lighting was right on the debate set, and even some of the photography that accompanies this blog are the handiwork of the CNN runners who have given whatever it takes to get the job done.

Maybe it was while standing in the midst of the various campaign supporters outside of Sullivan Arena this afternoon, or perhaps standing on the floor of the debate hall as the candidates walked out onto the stage, it may even have been the first time that CNN displayed the "LIVE — SAINT ANSELM COLLEGE" logo on the screen as I watched from the press center…but at some point I realized how lucky, and honored we all are at Saint Anselm to be able to take part in the experience.

June 3, 2007

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