Election Connection

Show of Shows

With the Democratic National Convention set to open Monday night, the lead-up has been time for the media to show off before the real deal begins.

Inside the media pavilion, where each news organization has its own space to work, democracy is certainly in action, albeit in a different form than when the delegates officially nominate Sen. Barack Obama later this week.

For a real-time glimpse of what's going on, check out NewsHour's Twitter/Flickr mashup, where reporters are publishing photos and live text updates from around the convention.

Some of the best sightseeing of the media stunts is just outside, where the big cable networks have set up their stages for the week.

CNN has a "grill" where ice cream is on offer, along with a side of Wolf Blitzer sightings and tables under the blazing Colorado sun.

MSNBC has Segway-bound donkeys and elephants roaming around Denver, along with a broadcast podium near the train station.

Across the bridge, the bloggers "Big Tent" has its fair share of goodies and sightseeing. The Google Retreat features smoothies and a massage area, along with a place to upload videos to the YouChoose politics channel on YouTube or go online to check your polling place.

And inside the Pepsi Center, the studios are set up and ready for the convention, including NewsHour's studio, where PBS will broadcast nightly this week.

With all the planning the media's done to prepare, will there be some surprises to cover this week? Stay tuned.


Dr. Roland Esquivel said:

Who is the commentator in Denver,John something or other?
Somebody tell him how to place that head mike he's using !!
Since he is looking to his left the mike should be from his left so it won't so he doesn't look like he has a big black wart on his face.

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