The 2016 Republican National Convention has been called to order, and many months of media preparation are now being put into action. Cleveland is hosting its third Republican convention, having hosted the party in 1924 and 1936. This time around in addition to the 2,472 delegates and 2,304 alternate delegates, there are 15,000 credentialed media.
All of the TV networks have multiple locations inside the Q, two of the three morning shows broadcast from the floor of the arena this morning. MSNBC and NBC News are fronting some of their shows from two make-shift sets in a public area just outside the security perimeter. The Q is also home to digital players like Yahoo News which has its own skybox. We’ve spotted new media here, like Complex, and also just chatted with someone whose been covering conventions for decades: Dan Rather who was famously escorted out of the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago when he was a reporter with CBS News.