BC-US–GOP 2016-Convention,ADVISORY, US


Republicans from across the country will gather in Cleveland on Monday, July 18, for the party’s summer convention.

Here’s a look at the all-formats coverage plans from The Associated Press and some details about the GOP’s plans for the four-day event, at which the party’s delegates are scheduled to formally pick Donald Trump as their nominee for president.

Questions about AP’s convention plans can be directed to U.S. Political Editor David Scott (dtscott@ap.org) and the AP’s Nerve Center, which can be reach 24 hours a day at 212-621-1600.

All times are Eastern Daylight. A separate advisory with plans for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will move next week.


The Republican National Committee has released a list of speakers , but has not yet provided a specific schedule. Those details will be added to this advisory as they are announced.

Each daily session will being at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at the following times.

— Monday, July 18, 1 p.m.

— Tuesday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.

— Wednesday, July 20, 7 p.m.

— Thursday, July 21, 7:30 p.m.


Spot coverage of pre-convention meetings is underway from Cleveland. Enterprise coverage ahead of its open on Monday, July 18, will include profiles of the two major party candidates for president, their potential picks for vice president, as well of Cleveland and Ohio.

A separate advisory listing all pre-convention text stories will move as BC-US–GOP 2016-Convention Digest. Daily coverage of the conventions will include:

— GOP 2016-CONVENTION – Running mainbar that captures the day in politics in full, focusing on the political action at the convention and across the country. Narrative. 800 words, updated throughout the day.

— GOP 2016-CLEVELAND – Running mainbar that captures all news and happenings around the convention, including any potential protests. Narrative. 800 words, updated throughout the day.

— GOP 2016-CONVENTION-THE LATEST – A running account of all political news nationwide and happenings inside the convention hall.

— GOP 2016-CLEVELAND-THE LATEST – A running account of all news and happenings around the convention, including any potential protests.

— GOP 2016-CONVENTION-NEWS GUIDE – All you need to know about the day at the convention and in Cleveland, from both inside the hall and on the streets outside. Block text. 800 words by 11 a.m., 7 p.m. and 1 p.m.

— GOP 2016-CONVENTION-THINGS TO WATCH – What to watch for tomorrow at the convention. Block text. 750 words at 11 p.m. and 3 a.m.

— GOP 2016-ARMCHAIR – A look at the coverage of the convention on television and in the media. Block Text. 750 words by 11 p.m.

— Several additional sidebars, including several focused on explanatory reporting, will move each day.


Photos will begin daily covering beginning Friday, July 15. Washington Assistant Chief of Bureau David Ake will be onsite and questions about coverage can be directed to him at jdake@ap.org or the Washington Photo Desk at 202-641-9510.

The AP will have a team of photographers tethered directly to editors for rapid movement of images from the convention floor. Another team of photographers will be roving the convention site generating spot and enterprise images. A third team will be assigned to events outside of the convention site, covering other political events and demonstrations.

Requests for special coverage should be directed to the AP Images special request team at 212-621-1930 or assignments@ap.org.


AP Video crews will arrive in Cleveland on Thursday, July 14, to begin pre-convention coverage. AP Video will monitor updates and cover events LIVE through the weekend should any media availabilities or protests occur.

LIVE prime-time coverage of the convention speeches will be via a multi-camera U.S. television network pool. AP will syndicate this signal LIVE internationally and “fast-file” edited clips of the main speeches for international and U.S. customers. (U.S. subscribers seeking LIVE access to the speeches need to contact the U.S. Network Pool directly – AP, in common with other news agencies, has no rights to distribute these images domestically.)

AP Video will provide its own LIVE static wide shot of the convention floor from a camera high up in the arena during the four days of the convention, beginning at 12 a.m. Monday, July 18. This will show the general scene, not close-ups of the speeches. AP Video will also provide a copyright-cleared LIVE “beauty shot” of Cleveland during the four convention days from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. AP Video will also broadcast its own LIVE pictures should major protests occur outside the convention.

American domestic customers should note the US Network Pool has changed its terms of supply to all news agencies, including AP. As a result AP has no rights to distribute convention speeches LIVE back into the US broadcast or digital market. Any US customer wishing to access the main convention pool feed in real time should talk directly to the pool producer CBS. International broadcast and digital customers are free to use the pool content LIVE under the terms of their existing AP contracts.


AP Radio correspondents Jerry Bodlander and Sagar Meghani will report from Cleveland. AP Radio will also offer unanchored coverage of the convention speeches on Special Events Channels AP-2, AP-3 and AP-4. Sound from these events will be available on PrimeCuts and via satellite on hourly cuts feeds at :32 past the each hour on AP-1.


— CONVENTION QUIZ: An interactive quiz on the convention process and convention history. Preview link: http://interactives.ap.org/2016/convention-quiz/

— CONVENTION VIDEO EXPLAINER: A video explainer on the details of the process of electing a presidential nominee at the convention. Preview link: http://interactives.ap.org/2016/convention-explainer/

— CONVENTION DEMOGRAPHICS RNC: A data visualization which profiles the demographic makeup, including voter registration, of Cleveland. Preview link: http://interactives.ap.org/2016/rnc-cleveland-demographics/

The AP, Washington