View of the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in Philadelphia, in preparation for the Democratic National Convention which convenes on Monday. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
Two Professional Media students from the University of Central Oklahoma will embark on a journey to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 25th- 29th. Jacklyn Chappell and myself, both seniors, will spend the week reporting for KFOR NewsChannel 4 and our very own UCentral Media.
This will be our first trip to a political convention, and we’ve already been through several security screenings before we even arrive in Philly.
Every four years both the Democratic Party and the Republican Party will host conventions where delegates and elected officials from all 50 states gather to officially nominate one person for their party’s candidate.
Voters may not realize they are not directly voting for a candidate. It is up to delegates to select a nominee at the conventions.
Oklahoma’s democratic delegates will leave for Philadelphia this weekend.
This year, the DNC will attract two Presidents to the stage. President Bill Clinton will speak Tuesday, and President Obama will speak to the nation live on Wednesday night from Philadelphia.
For a full list of speakers: click here.
The Republican National Convention began this week with Donald Trump officially grasping the Republican presidential nomination.
— GOP (@GOP) July 19, 2016
43 delegates from the Oklahoma Republican party traveled to Cleveland.
According to the Tulsa World, Trump received 24 of 43 delegates from Oklahoma.
This years RNC has attracted protest both inside and outside the convention center in Cleveland from #NeverTrump organizers.
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) July 21, 2016
As well, officials with the Democratic National Convention are preparing for protest at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
Upset Bernie Sanders’ fans are planning at ‘Fart- In’ protest at the DNC.
We will work alongside major national news outlets like CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox at the convention.
“I love politics and I love media. I never thought I would have the opportunity to combine the two of them. I never thought I would be able to go to a convention especially while I’m a college student,” said Chappell.
This hands- on, real world experience is invaluable to media students who plan to pursue careers in broadcast news.
“The students will use content they gather during live coverage on election night in November,” said Desiree Hill, media Professor at the University of Central Oklahoma.
The two’s trip to Philly will come at no cost to the University.