Convention Coverage

The commonly cited number is that 15,000 media representatives will cover the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.1  Major news organizations made significant commitments of resources, sending reporters, editors, support staff and equipment to Cleveland and Philadelphia, and in some cases setting up elaborate spaces where they held events and programming and provided food for credentialled guests. 
1. Credentials are issued through the congressional galleries (Radio-Television, Daily Press, Periodical and Press Photographers).  Democracy in Action tried to pin down a precise number of credentials thorugh the galleries but found that was not possible for competitive reasons (one of the galleries was wary that making a number known could affect bargaining for credentials at a future convention) and complications such as affiliates.  When one considers the reporters, editors and support staff the total number is well in the thousands.  Also note that for the past couple of conventions there have been alternative spaces set up where bloggers and online media who are not credentialled through the galleries can set up for a fee.

Convention Coverage

July 21, 2016 - CQ Roll Call and Philadelphia Media Network Announce Partnership for Coverage of Democratic National Convention

July 19, 2016 - University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism: International Team of CNS Reporters from Three Leading Journalism Schools Covering the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 18, 2016 - Univision Revs Up Its Presidential Election Coverage to Keep Hispanic America Fully Informed from the Start of the Conventions Through Election Night

July 18, 2016 - Samantha Bee Heads to Presidential ConventionsFor TBS's First-Ever Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Special

July 2016 - FOX News Channel to Present Live Coverage Throughout the Republican National Convention from Cleveland

July 15, 2016 - The Washington Post will be live at 2016 political conventions

July 14, 2016 - AP’s extensive conventions coverage to include Facebook Live and shareable content

July 13, 2016 - BitTorrent News to Launch at Republican National Convention

July 13, 2016 - CNN to Deliver 24-Hour, Cross-Platform Coverage from Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 12, 2016 - Radio One, Inc. Set to Cover Republican and Democratic National Conventions From the Black Perspective With Digital, Radio and Television Assets

July 12, 2016 - CBS News Announces Extensive, Mult-Platform Coverage Plans for the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 11, 2016 - Twitter and CBS News Announce Live Streaming Partnership for Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 11, 2016 - NBC News and MSNBC to Deliver Nearly 300 Hours of Coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 11, 2016 - Comedy Central® Presents Extensive and Unprecedented Late-Night Multiplatform Experience During the 2016 Conventions Led by "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"  **also earlier release from April 14, 2016

July 8, 2016 - PBS NewsHour and NPR News Announce Plans for Prime Time Coverage of Republican and Democratic National Conventions

July 8, 2016 - Student Press Law Center: Law firms volunteer to provide emergency-response assistance for student journalists covering Democratic, Republican conventions

July 7, 2016 - LexisNexis® To Help Journalists Tell Faction from Fiction at Upcoming Political Conventions

July 7, 2016 - SiriusXM Goes Gavel to Gavel With Convention Coverage

July 7, 2016 - The Atlantic Announces Reporting Team and Events at Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Marking Largest Presence in its History **also earlier release from May 24, 2016

July 6, 2016 - ABC News Announces Special Coverage of 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions

June 30, 2016 - C-SPAN to Provide Live, Gavel-To-Gavel Convention Coverage, Commercial and Commentary-Free

June 27, 2016 - CQ Roll Call and Cleveland Plain Dealer Announce Joint Coverage of Republican National Convention

June 27, 2016 - Bloomberg To Bring Multi-Platform Political Coverage to Party Conventions

June 21, 2016 - Two Winners Chosen to Cover Democratic and Republican Conventions as Fuse TV Reporters

April 27, 2016 - SiriusXM to Create "Convention Radio," Gavel-to-Gavel Live Coverage of the Republican National Convention

The Atlantic
at the 2016 Presidential Conventions +

CQ Roll Call Convention Events >

2016 Conventions with the Hill  +
POLITICO Hub at the 2016 Conventions  +

Real Clear Politics Decoding 2016 Conventions +

The Washington Post 2016 Convention Headquarters +

U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Centers +

See also:

Patterson, Thomas E., "News Coverage of the 2016 National Conventions: Negative News, Lacking Context" (September 1, 2016). HKS Working Paper No. 16-051. Available at SSRN: or