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Citadel News Service
12 Jul 2007

Press credential guidelines for CNN, YouTube debate

Credential request deadline for South Carolina debate is July 18; media logistics call to be held July 19

CNN is currently accepting requests for press credentials for the first of two unprecedented presidential debates co-sponsored by YouTube. The Democratic debate will be held at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C., on Monday, July 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) and will air live on CNN. It will be the first Democratic National Committee-sanctioned presidential forum of the 2008 election cycle.

For the first time in presidential debate history, the live forum will feature video questions submitted to YouTube which will be broadcast and answered by the candidates on CNN. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate the two-hour debates and pose follow-up questions.

Credentials: Journalists interested in obtaining a press credential for the press filing center should send the following information to
• Full Legal Name
• Title/Company
• Medium (i.e., Print, Television, Radio, Online)
• Phone Numbers (office and cell)
• E-mail Address
• Supervisor Name and Contact Information (phone and e-mail)
• Whether you will be bringing a sat truck
NOTE: Deadline for a press credential is Wednesday, July 18. 

Media will be required to present photo identification and a company ID upon check-in at the press file center. Please note the credential will grant the journalist access to the filing center and the Spin Room, not the debate hall.
(The Republican presidential debate will be held on Monday, Sept 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. (ET) in Florida. CNN will issue a separate press credential advisory for that debate in August.)

Media Logistics Call: A conference call will be held on Thursday, July 19 at 2 p.m. ET to review logistical details for the July 23 debate. Please mark your calendars; Dial-in information will be provided to credentialed reporters closer to the call date.

Phone Orders: Phone orders for sat trucks and the press filing center must be made directly to AT&T. There will be a charge for phone lines, and there will be an additional charge for an actual phone handset, if that is requested. Please e-mail requests to Susan Smith at AND cc Terry Lewis at Please note that cell and blackberry service is spotty in many parts of The Citadel campus.
NOTE: Deadline for debate phone orders is Monday, July 16.

Wired Ethernet and WiFi Internet Service
: CNN will provide free wireless Internet service and wired Ethernet in the press filing center and Spin Room. Please email if you require wired Ethernet.

The press filing center will be open to journalists beginning at noon on the day of the debate. Please note that there will be monitors in the filing center for viewing. There will also be a video mult-box with a limited number of plugs-ins available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

An advisory detailing additional logistical information, including the exact locations of the press filing center and the Spin Room, is forthcoming. Excerpting instructions will also be issued. As previously announced, all 2008 CNN debate footage will be available without restriction upon the conclusion of each debate.

YouTube is the world’s largest online video community allowing millions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. YouTube is based in San Bruno, Calif., and is a subsidiary of Google Inc.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company, is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; wireless devices around the world; CNN Digital Network, the No. 1 network of news Web sites in the United States; CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service; and strategic international partnerships within both television and the digital media.

Mara Gassmann CNN, Washington 202/515-2950
Megan Mahoney CNN, Atlanta 404/827-3693

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