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August 7 Debate Update: Covering the Presidential Debate on Oct. 3 at the University of Denver

August 15, 2012

The University of Denver's goal is to ensure that journalists and news media outlets covering the first Presidential Debate on Oct. 3 are informed about the resources and assistance available to you while you are a guest on our campus. 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

Debate Formats Announced
The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) has announced the formats for the 2012 Presidential Debates. The University of Denver's debate will focus on domestic policy and be divided into six time segments of approximately 15 minutes each on topics to be selected by the moderator and announced several weeks before the debate.


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 musicians, interactive amusement, delicious food from local and nationally renowned food trucks, and a live screening of the 2012 Presidential Debate on jumbo screens. Pre-registration will be required and will be available online in mid-August. Please note that this event is not open to the general public, but media are welcome to attend. Your CPD debate media credential will get you into the event.

Additional Broadcast Platform Possibilities

For news outlets seeking to broadcast from platforms on the University of Denver campus, but outside of the Ritchie Center's enclosed security perimeter, DU has several sites available in DebateFest and other areas. A rate card is available for special requirements, but reservations and requests should be made as soon as possible. Please contact the DU Media Relations team to discuss your needs. The deadline to request a media platform or special accommodations outside of the security perimeter 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 north side of campus where the Media Filing Center and Media Catering hall will be located.

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 Media Filing Center or Debate Hall. View the rate card to reserve items including:

a media-filing station—including chair and desk space
TV monitors
office equipment
network and affiliate setup equipment
telecom services and Internet service
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 journalists a variety of expertise and story resources about the election and Colorado-specific politics and issues.

The University of Denver's "Spotlight 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. The campus and DebateFest will include recycling and composting stations, as well as water bottle refill stations. The University has partnered with Denver Bike Share, Bike Denver, as well as 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.

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