In case you don’t know this is the first convention I’ve ever covered.
This is mainly significant because it means for most of the day I have little idea what’s going on, but I always find out.It also means I am very willing to ask anyone anything because I need help.
So I get in to the Times Warner Cable Arena today and- after several security checkpoints and more occasions than I can count that I have to flash my media badge- I finally find the floor pass table.In case you don’t know the difference, I have a media credential which means I can get in the arena and all the other meeting areas, but this does not allow me in the actual convention area, or on the floor.For that, I have a temporary badge I turn in and, in return, get a temporary badge for the floor which allows me access for 30 minutes at a time. Don’t worry, I had to have it all explained to me as well.
Once inside, it really is a sight to see.Any large scale, well financed event is always an impressive sight, especially when it is attended by people who feel honored and excited to be there.
In typical fashion, I run around snapping pictures (which you can see among the others I’ve taken this week just off to the left), talking with people, and even grabbing an interview with Senator Bill Nelson.
And then my time runs out.
I can renew the pass as long as there are some available (which I expect will become less likely as we move closer to the big speakers), but I decided instead to stake out where I would be for the evening when I’m not on the floor.The main media area where my company (Cox Media) is set up is at the Convention Center not the Arena, so it looked like I may wind up editing on the floor.As I’m walking around in my new sneakers though (that’s another post later), I find an area labeled general media.
With all the different levels of media badges that exist at an event like this, I wasn’t sure if I was actually considered general media- but what do I have to lose? I still haven’t been kicked out of anything after all. It turns out, not only is this a large work room with outlets, large tables, and not entirely uncomfortable chairs- but there is a space I can squeeze in!
Ironically enough, the only thing missing from this room is a live stream of the convention.It makes sense because the last thing you want along radio row is more background noise than we already have, but I’ve been relying on a web stream that is about 90 seconds slow at its worst so far.That’s an eternity in news time.
I’ll be going back and forth between the two locations, making sure I speak often with our delegates while keeping you posted with updates on twitter.There may also be a stop at the concession stand for dinner.