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Cingular sponsors student journalist DNC weblog
Posted: 25-Jul-2004 [Source: Cingular]

[Cingular's Democratic National Convention web-log to launch Monday, July 26 with stories and pictures posted by college journalism students from the floor of the convention using the Motorola V400 camera phone.]

The traditional campaign press corps will face some youthful, wireless competition in covering this year's Democratic and Republican National Conventions. A team of graduate and undergraduate college journalism students will serve as "digital reporters" utilizing the latest in wireless technology to provide a unique, real-time youth perspective on the conventions and campaigns.

The teams of "digital reporters," directed by professional journalists, are comprised of students from the University of South Carolina, University of California - Berkeley, Emerson College, Northeastern University and Columbia University. Armed with a Cingular camera phone and Cingular Wireless service, the teams of digital reporters will capture election news, events and activities surrounding the conventions and post pictures, audio and video to the mobile weblog (moblog) hosted at Cingular's Election Headquarters at http://www.rucingular.com/election .

The site powered by Textamerica, the world's leading moblog platform provider, will go live on Monday, July 26 -- day one of the Democratic National Convention. The Wireless Election Connection moblog will combine the scope of print journalism with the immediacy of electronic journalism and illustrate the possibilities and the future of news. And, unlike many blogs, this moblog will adhere to the highest traditional journalistic standards providing objective coverage of the political events. Editing of the images and reports will be done at Newsplex, a next-generation newsroom and training center based at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Designed as a model for the news industry, the Newsplex project is a prototype multiple-media, micro-newsroom for demonstration, research and training in next-generation news handling tools and techniques. Cingular Wireless' all-digital GSM/GPRS network in South Carolina provides the backbone for its voice and advanced wireless data services.

"A lot has been said about the candidates' use of technology to drive their campaigns. In the same fashion, the Wireless Election Connection will use the latest technology to assemble a mosaic of the day's events that will go beyond the limits of traditional journalism," said Randy Covington, Director, Ifra Newsplex.

The momentum of Cingular's Wireless Election Connection will continue in the fall with students from additional universities from across the country reporting on election campaign news in their areas. The Wireless Election Connection will conclude with the 2004 Presidential Election on November 2.

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