Media roll out plans for Inauguration Day, stressing how 'multiplatform' they'll be
Over the last couple of days, news outlets have been rolling out their plans for covering Barack Obama's second swearing in as President of the United States on Monday at the National Mall, where the crowd this time around is expected to swell as high as 800,000.
Below are the announcements about inauguration coverage that have landed in our inbox so far. (We'll add to the list if/as we receive more.)
Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will lead CNN's "interactive coverage experience":
CNN will anchor special coverage of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama Sunday, Jan. 20 through Monday, Jan. 21 from locations on the National Mall, Capitol Hill, Lafayette Park and on the parade route at Freedom Plaza. For the first time, CNN, Instagram and Facebook will offer inauguration go-ers an opportunity to be a part of the coverage on CNN and CNN.com by using the hashtag #CNN to share their stories. Most of CNN’s coverage will originate from the National Mall, where the network has built a large broadcast platform designed to let television viewers experience the ceremonies firsthand.
On Sunday, when a private swearing-in ceremony will take place at the White House, Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will be joined by John Berman, Kate Bolduan, Gloria Borger, Erin Burnett, Candy Crowley, John King, Don Lemon, Piers Morgan and Soledad O’Brien starting at 10 a.m. and leading up to a prime time special at 8 p.m. Inauguration eve special editions of Piers Morgan Tonight and Anderson Cooper 360º will follow.
On Monday, Jan. 21, Early Start with John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin and Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien will kick off the day’s coverage at 5 a.m. Beginning at 9 a.m., Wolf Blitzer will be joined by John Berman, Kate Bolduan, Soledad O’Brien and Jessica Yellin, live from the U.S. Capitol West Front, while Anderson Cooper will be on the National Mall with Gloria Borger, David Gergen, John King, Brooke Baldwin and Don Lemon. HLN’s Robin Meade and Christi Paul will be reporting for both CNN and HLN from the National Mall.
Candy Crowley will anchor State of the Union on Sunday from the Mall and on Monday she will report from the inauguration ceremony platform. Also reporting will be Dana Bash, Jim Acosta, Brianna Keilar, Joe Johns and Tom Foreman.
The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will be live from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from Lafayette Park, the location of the presidential viewing stands. From 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Anderson Cooper will anchor the network’s special coverage from the Mall, with Piers Morgan and Erin Burnett from inside the inaugural balls. At 10 p.m., Anderson Cooper 360º will broadcast live to wrap up the day’s events.
NBC News "will provide in-depth coverage ... across all broadcast and digital platforms as the network’s top anchors and correspondents report from throughout the nation’s capital," according to the network:
Weekend broadcasts of “NBC Nightly News” and “TODAY” will cover the events leading up to Monday’s formal ceremony, “Meet the Press” will dedicate a roundtable discussion to analysis of the president’s second term, and a special report on Sunday will bring the constitutional swearing-in at the White House into viewers’ homes.
On Monday, January 21st, NBC’s network coverage will begin with “TODAY” at 7am ET and continue with a special report covering the ceremony and parade, followed by a full hour of “NBC Nightly News” at 6:30pm ET. The NBC Owned Stations and NBC Newschannel will also provide extensive coverage during local newscasts. Key events will be live streamed on NBCNews.com and on the NBC Owned Stations’ web sites, which will provide additional coverage tailored to their local audiences.
Current TV will be covering its last presidential inauguration before becoming Al Jazeera America later this year:
Current TV will present real-time analysis and detailed coverage of the 2013 Inauguration of President Barack Obama. Coverage begins January 21st from 10am – 1pm EST with a panel featuring Governor Jennifer Granholm, host of “The War Room,” John Fugelsang, host of “Viewpoint” and Current TV special correspondents Michael Shure and David Shuster. Governor Granholm and John Fugelsang will be in Current’s New York City studio, while David Shuster will be on the ground in Washington, DC and Michael Shure will be on the west coast.
Current TV’s coverage of the events of the day will continue later with live broadcasts of “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” at 6pm ET, “The Young Turks with Cenk Uygur” at 7pm ET and John Fugelsang hosting “Viewpoint” at 8pm ET. Special roundtable coverage of evening inaugural activities will continue at 9pm ET and will include analysis from Jennifer Granholm, Cenk Uygur, John Fugelsang and Michael Shure.
Current TV’s presidential inauguration coverage is the final part of Current’s groundbreaking “Politically Direct” coverage of the 2012 election cycle. That coverage began with primaries for both parties and included all debates and live election night analysis.
The Washington Post is also touting a multiplatform approach:
The Washington Post will offer its readers a variety of ways to follow and interact with coverage of the 57th Presidential Inauguration. Readers will be able to share their inauguration stories, connect with users throughout the country on an interactive map and experience the event through live video programming and news coverage. For those who are in Washington, D.C. during the event, The Post will also produce an inauguration guide—a comprehensive resource for event goers featuring maps, road closures, public activities and more – that users can save to their smartphones so it can be accessed anytime offline.
“The Washington Post will be an essential resource for those seeking to stay informed about the Presidential Inauguration. The coverage will be deep and comprehensive, and we'll offer easy, interactive access to useful information on an array of platforms,” said Marty Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post.
For Inauguration Day, readers can expect to find in-depth political reporting including stories on how the last four years have changed the country’s view of President Obama and how both supporters and critics are approaching the president’s second inauguration. The Post’s local reporters will cover the many stories around town, including how the event compares to previous inaugurations. Additional coverage includes Dr. Gridlock on the latest traffic updates, The Reliable Source’s scoop on the official and unofficial balls, Washington Post contributor Robin Givhan’s unflinching eye on this year’s inaugural fashion, photos from The Post’s Pulitzer-Prize winning photographers and much more.
Ditto the Associated Press:
From the swearing-in ceremony to the parade along Pennsylvania Avenue to the celebratory evening balls, the Associated Press will provide full text, photo, video, interactive and social media coverage of Monday’s 57th presidential inauguration and festivities in Washington.
For the first time, AP will offer real-time coverage of the public swearing-in, via ScribbleLive, a multimedia live-blogging platform. The you-are-there report will capture the color and pageantry in words, photos, sound, video, interactive and graphics as President Barack Obama takes the oath of office at 12 noon on the west front of the Capitol, putting readers in the middle of the historic scene as it unfolds.
AP reporters and editors will provide analysis, context, behind-the-scenes insight, historical content and more. Coverage will run from 9 a.m. ET to approximately 5 p.m. ET. AP customers with active ScribbleLive accounts will be able to syndicate the content free of charge at the ScribbleLive marketplace.
“Inaugurations are a rare moment in America when the country marks its traditions with pageantry and symbolism, both solemn and celebratory," said Sally Buzbee, Washington bureau chief. "But inaugurations also are important and substantive political moments when a president embarks on the challenges of the four years ahead. Our coverage will attempt to capture those different strands.”
The Daily News is taking the opportunity to debut its new Washington bureau chief. Editor-in-chief Colin Myler wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday:
I am delighted to announce that Jim Warren is to be our new Washington Bureau Chief. Jim, a native New Yorker, is an award-winning Washington veteran. He is a correspondent for the Atlantic and Daily Beast and was a co-founder of the Chicago News Cooperative, which produced local Chicago content for the New York Times. Before that he was the managing editor of the Chicago Tribune and its Washington Bureau Chief. While working for the Tribune, he was cited as one of Washington’s ’50 Most Influential Journalists’ by Washingtonian magazine. He has also been a political analyst for MSNBC, CNN and Fox and for eight years co-hosted a weekly political talk show on WGN-AM in Chicago.
Jim will join us in time for the inauguration on Monday. I am sure you will give him a warm News welcome.
Note to news organizations: If we're missing your outlet's plans, send them our way!
This Sunday, President Obama will officially be sworn into office in a private ceremony at the White House for a second term. With January 20 falling on a Sunday, the President will also be sworn in, in a public inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Monday. This is the seventh time in U.S. history that the constitutionally mandated Inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday. The last time was for President Ronald Reagan’s second Inauguration in 1985.
Our coverage of his 57th Presidential Inauguration begins Sunday at 10:30am ET with a look back at the President’s 2009 Inaugural Address. Followed by a discussion with former presidential speechwriters about this year’s address and how past inaugural addresses have been crafted. Guests will include Terry Edmonds, former director of speechwriting for President Clinton & John McConnell, former speechwriter for G.W. Bush. Then, live coverage of the President’s official swearing in by Chief Justice John Roberts.
On Monday, January 21st, Barack Obama will be sworn-in for a second term as the nation’s 44th President. Live coverage of the 57th presidential inauguration begins at 7am et on C-SPAN. Events will include:
· Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the inaugural ceremony from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol at 11:30am. Includes the swearing-in of Vice President Biden by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, then President Obama by Chief Justice John Roberts at noon, followed by the President’s address
· Later, the Inaugural Luncheon from inside Statuary Hall at the Capitol
· And, the Inaugural Parade along Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House
We’ll also look at past presidential inaugurations including President Obama’s inaugural in 2009 with Barbara Perry, Presidential Oral History Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia Miller Center for Public Affairs, and Clarence Lusane, American University Associate Political Science Professor & Author of “The Black History of the White House.” Later, a roundtable discussion with Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post White House reporter & Heidi Przybyla, Bloomberg News Congressional reporter on President Obama’s relationship with Congress and issues they will face in his second term.
-NY1's Errol Louis and YNN's Liz Benjamin will present live reports from Washington, D.C.
-10:30am - 1:30pm, NY1's Errol Louis and YNN's Liz Benjamin will present coverage, reports, and the ceremony live from Washington, D.C.
-NY1 Noticias's Juan Manuel Benitez will present live reports from Washington, D.C.