Meeting notes: access, credentials, conflict resolution and student journalists during the Democratic National Convention

Barack Obama campaigns in uptown Charlotte in 2008. Image by James Willamor.

Barack Obama campaigns in uptown Charlotte on Sept. 21, 2008, after the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Image by James Willamor.

Here is a summary of a meeting that Frank Barrows, Grant Baldwin, Susan Stabley and Stuart Watson had with Kristie Greco, communications director of the Democratic National Convention Committee, on April 30. Grant Baldwin,a freelance Charlotte photographer, took the notes for Charlotte Society of Professional Journalists.

Access

Uptown will be “open for business.” Any specifics on the established perimeter defining areas that are public and areas that will require one or tiers of credentialing by the DNC will be outlined in the upcoming Transportation And Security Plan. There is no set date as to when that plan will be made available. It is still being formulated.
It is the DNC’s goal to have a minimal impact on the daily life uptown
however, the execution of that lies in the hands of CMPD and the Secret Service.

Conflict resolution

Resources for resolving conflicts concerning access during the DNC include Kim McMillan, head of public relations for the DNC; she was named specifically as a point of contact for access related issues during the DNC along with Kristie Greco herself.
Aside from printed materials that will be available at a later date, the communications office and media logistics office are resources as well.
There will be press information booths set up that can also assist at each facility.
We suggested establishing a hotline number that journalists could call for quick resolution of conflicts that arose around access issues; Greco was noncommittal about that idea.

The next walkthrough

The June 5 spring media logistics walkthrough will also provide more information concerning access issues as well as be more in depth than the winter walkthrough as more details will have been fleshed out since the winter walkthrough. Greco cited that the pamphlets given out then will be the best place to look for whom to go to to sort out access issues that arise.

Credentialing

Greco also noted news organizations should be managing credentials and that the individuals doing so in those organizations would be a frontline from which to seek help.

Student SPJ involvement

Greco requested that a list of student SPJ members that had applied for credentials be sent to her. She seemed to imply that if SPJ set up programs for students to interface with the DNC that she would look into helping those programs.

More on credentialing

There will be multiple levels of credentialing. Some are not fleshed out and even when they have been the information outlining all types of credentials and their associated parameters may not be made publicly available for security reasons.

Barack Obama campaigns in uptown Charlotte in 2008. Image by James Willamor.

Barack Obama campaigns in uptown Charlotte on Sept. 21, 2008, after the Democratic National Convention in Denver. Image by James Willamor.

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