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Jumbotron Count

The Inauguraiton Watch team is out in force today to bring you all the happenings from the concert on the Mall. Reporter Jonathan Mummolo counts at least three Jumbotrons set up to broadcast the show to the crowd, though he reports that "vision is limited."

By David A Nakamura  |  January 18, 2009; 11:30 AM ET  | Category:  Crowds , Entertainment
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Um, this is all you guys have to report? It's 2 hours before the concert, and people were expected to begin assembling this morning. Did that happen? Are the grounds already crowded? Are the lines at the entrance gates long? How about Metro? Does the weather appear to be keeping people away? What's the point of all of these on-line features if we're still only getting news after the fact . . .

Posted by: tango1 | January 18, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

dear tango,
we have numerous uptotheminute stories on all that on our homepage at washingtonpost.com ... i posted the Jumbotron item on this blog because I had posted an item yesterday saying I had seen only one Jumbotron, so i wanted to set the record straight.
-- David Nakamura, washington post

Posted by: nakamurad | January 18, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

i agree with tango........ this coverage is pretty lame.

if you're going to have a major label "jumbotron", how about telling us where they are, where they are not, what they have on them, is it easy to see them, or not, etc etc etc. Journalism 101. You're a news paper right ??

Posted by: jm1996a | January 18, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Dear WashPost,....

as part of the 300+ million Americans unable to join the crowds down on the mall in person, i've been watching the coverage on tv. Wondering if being on the mall would be worth the effort or a disaster, wondering if folks down there can see anything more than the head in front of them, etc. All the regular questions anyone would ask.

Your webcoverage doesn't do much to answer this question that millions + millions are asking.

You do indicate "at least three JumboTrons" on the mall but don't elaborate. Wow. Great journalism at WPost.

On MSNBC, just saw some interesting coverage indicating there are TWENTY jumbotrons on the mall, spaced every few hundred feet down both sides of the reflecting pool from the Lincoln Memorial. That simple sentence would have been easy for your reporters to provide. And it adds a heck of a lot more insight into the mall situation compared with the "at least three jumbotrons" that you reported above.

Glad i'm not relying on WPost for Inauguration coverage.

Posted by: jm1996a | January 18, 2009 4:30 PM | Report abuse

David, thanks for actually responding -- and in good humor! At the time I originally posted, shortly after noon, your "Jumobotron" post WAS actually the only current reporting available on the homepage. A brief post by Debbie Wilgoren followed later. If you, or anyone at washingtonpost.com is reading this, my impression as a reader is that you're actually devoting a lot of reporters to this, but not doing such a great job of getting their observations on the website in real time. Many hours ahead of tomorrow's dead-tree edition, of course, but not in a fashion that utilizes the full potential of the website, or makes it useful to the many of us -- residents and tourists alike -- trying to navigate this week's events.

Posted by: tango1 | January 18, 2009 11:38 PM | Report abuse

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