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July 18 Debate Update: Important information for media about the Presidential Debate

July 18, 2012

Cover the Debate

More than 3,000 journalists from all over the world are expected to visit the University of Denver to cover the first 2012 Presidential Debate on Oct. 3. On the DU Debate Website,  you'll find resources to help you research stories and prepare for your time on campus, including a downloadable media kit, links to our faculty experts, and more.

Important Deadlines to Remember (see below for details)

Aug. 17           DebateFest platform/special needs request deadline

Sept. 14           Media credential application deadline

Sept. 30           Rate card order form deadline


University of Denver students, staff, faculty, alumni and the surrounding neighbors will be invited to DebateFest on Oct. 3.  The event, which will take place on campus south of Evans Ave., will include a fantastic lineup of local artists, interactive amusement, delicious food from local and nationally renowned food trucks, and a live screening of the 2012 Presidential Debate.  Pre-registration will be required and will be available online in mid-summer.  Please note that this event is not open to the general public, but media are welcome to attend.  If your news organization would like to set up a platform in DebateFest, or have any special coverage needs, please contact the DU Media Relations teamThe deadline to request a media platform or special accommodations for DebateFest is Aug. 17.

Media Credentials

The Commission on Presidential Debates is handing all media credentialing.  To apply, complete the form available through the Commission.  The deadline to apply for a credential is Friday, Sept. 14.

Credentials will be needed on Oct. 1, 2, and 3rd, and will be necessary to enter the secured perimeter surrounding the Ritchie Center.

Rate Card

If you're a member of the media covering the debate on campus, you must review our rate card (available via the Paramount Convention Services website).

Your media credential alone DOES NOT gain you a seat in the debate hall, or entitle you to media-filing equipment or Internet access.

View this rate card to reserve items for reporting and filing stories, including:

a media-filing station—including chair and desk spaceTV monitorsoffice equipmentfurnishingsnetwork and affiliate setup equipmenttelecom services

Review the rate card and make your reservations before Sunday, Sept. 30, to ensure they're available to you on Oct. 3.

Story Ideas and Experts

The University of Denver, as host of the first Presidential Debate in the Rocky Mountain region, can offer reporters a variety of expertise and story resources about the election and Colorado-specific politics.

The University of Denver's "Battleground Colorado" experts can speak about Colorado's geographical and political makeup; the Hispanic vote; economics of the state; and important ballot issues with national impacts, including Colorado's upcoming ballot issue on legalizing marijuana across the state.

Call (720) 608-0240 or email the DU Media Relations team to set up interviews and find story possibilities across the University.

Creating a Sustainable Event

The University of Denver is committed to minimizing the event's environmental impact, and will include recycling and composting stations, as well as water bottle refill stations.  The debate planning committee has partnered with Denver Bike Share, Bike Denver, DU's Transportation office and Transportation Solutions to create an extensive alternative transportation plan for the Presidential Debate and DebateFest.  Among the plans will be a "bike valet" for DebateFest.  More details will be announced in the coming weeks.

Parking and Traffic

Please continue to check our debate website, for updates. We anticipate some disruption to traffic around the University of Denver campus in the days preceding the debate, and we will need your help to spread the word.  More details will be communicated as they become known.

Featured Debate Event Series Events, July 18-August 15

The University of Denver will be hosting debate-related lectures, salons and other events throughout the months leading up to the debate. Events are continuously added, so for a full list of Debate Series events, visit the DU Debate Website.  All members of the media are invited to attend and cover these events.  Please contact the DU Media Relations team with any questions, or to let us know that you plan to attend.

Saturday, Aug. 4

Framing critical responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the African American Community

Time: public talk 6 – 7 p.m.; reception 7 – 8 p.m.

Location: Davis Auditorium inside Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Ave.

Cost: Free Register: RSVP

Dr. Pernessa Seele—founder and CEO of the Africa-based health care nonprofit The Balm in Gilead—will speak about the alarming rate at which HIV/AIDS is affecting African Americans and the large-scale response necessary—from the African American church and society at large—to address this pandemic.

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