Inside the Media Tent
The Post's multimedia studio has been a revolving door of pols and celebs.
DENVER -- It's no secret the political conventions are tightly choreographed stage extravaganzas at which the thousands of reporters are seeking the same scraps of news and otherwise filling time with analysis and features. At the Pepsi Center, the media are set up in a handful of gigantic white tents, set up around the perimeter of the arena. Inside, different companies have set up private workspace, divided by blue curtains hanging on metal rods. The floors are planks of wood and there are long, thin tables, on which laptops, computers and televisions are placed. The televisions are tuned to CNN, CSPAN and the networks. Most worksites have refridgerators with drinks and snacks.
The Washington Post has several dozen reporters, editors, photographers and information technology folks here. Newsweek, slate.com and theroot.com, all owned by the Post Company, also have staffs here, but they have separate space. This year, though, the Post has crossed a threshhold, having set up a multimedia television, radio and internet studio right inside the workspace.
The studio has soundboards and other high-tech gear, and Post staffers anchor a news show that airs live on our Web site, interviewing politicians, analysts, other reporters and Hollywood celebrities. That makes for an interesting parade through the space: Actresses Rosario Dawson and Morgan Fairchild stopped by today, as did Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign chair Terry McAuliffe. Raum Emanuel was here too. Governors and senators also drop by to talk informally with our editors and reporters.
Across the way, there's a makeshift lounge set up by a company that operates those credit card scanners you see at grocery stores. They're selling beer and snacks, with tables and sofas set up, at which reporters are analyzing the day's events.
The strange sites are endless. Today, Sway from MTV walked through and, needless to say, the old fogies in the press corps appeared to have no idea who he was.
Actress Rosario Dawson stopped by to talk with washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza.
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