BC-US–DEM 2016-Convention-Advisory, US


Democrats from across the country will gather in Philadelphia on Monday 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 Democratic Party’s plans for the four-day event, at which the delegates are scheduled to formally pick Hillary Clinton 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.


The Democratic National Committee has released a list of speakers, but has not yet provided a specific schedule.

Each daily session will being at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia at the following times.

—Monday, 4 p.m. Speakers include first lady Michelle Obama and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

—Tuesday, 4 p.m. Speakers include former President Bill Clinton.

—Wednesday, 4 p.m. Speakers include President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and presumptive vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine.

—Thursday, 4 p.m. Speakers include Chelsea Clinton and presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.


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

—DEM 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.

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

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

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

—DEM 2016-CONVENTION-TAKEAWAYS – The five things that mattered on this convention day. Block text. 600 words by 11 p.m.

—DEM 2016-CONVENTION-THINGS TO WATCH – What to watch for tomorrow at the convention. Block text. 600 words by 11 p.m.

—DEM 2016-CONVENTION-ARMCHAIR – A look at the coverage of the convention on television and in the media. Block Text. 750 words by 12 a.m.

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


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.


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. This will show the general scene, not close-ups of the speeches. AP Video will also provide a copyright-cleared LIVE “beauty shot” of Philadelphia 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 Mark Smith will report from Philadelphia. 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 DNC: A data visualization which profiles the demographic makeup, including voter registration, of Cleveland. Preview link: http://interactives.ap.org/2016/dnc-philadelphia-demographics/

The AP