Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Moblogging ... Another soon-to-be-added entry in Webster's

This election season has been filled with many ups and downs, including scandals, speeches and mudslinging only appropriate for elementary school playgrounds. It finally climaxed last evening – and even early into this morning – with the presidential and more locally, the state Senate race.

A few fellow journalism major compatriots and I had a unique opportunity to cover the election in its final days with the use of camera-phone technology. The Wireless Election Connection sponsored by Cingular put high-tech phones in the hands of students to get a close-up view of the election.

Run from Newsplex in Columbia, S.C., the WEC received hundreds of posts from students from American University, University of Florida, University of Georgia, and the University of South Carolina throughout Monday and Tuesday. Teams were sent out with Motorola and Nokia camera-phones to capture candid shots of any aspect of the election.

Team “Frat Boy,” as we were jokingly dubbed by the Newsplex editors, included fellow blogger Graeme Moore and me. We covered the Jim DeMint post-election party at the Adam’s Mark on Hampton Street in Columbia, S.C. Graeme did the interviewing while I framed the shots and took the pictures.

We met many different people throughout the evening who were at the party for many different reasons. College students, residents from around the state and many politicians filled the Capital Ballroom. We met the top five South Carolina Republicans including Gov. Mark Sanford, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer, U.S. Reps. Jim DeMint (now senator-elect) and Joe Wilson, and Sen. Lindsey Graham.

The media-to-attendee ratio was probably near one to three. They were confined to the back of the room securely held behind a velvet rope. Having the phones allowed us to roam throughout the room without being corralled. We even had an episode of investigative journalism that will be explained in a later post.

All in all, the evening was a great time and Graeme and I learned a lot about covering something of this nature. We were even secretly excited when DeMint announced his victory, although we had to hold such celebration back. The WEC was deemed a great success and if you ever get a chance to participate, please do so.

By the way Graeme, write that down.


Blogger Graeme Moore said...

Thank you, Mr. S.K. Bowen III, for that wonderfully explicated post. And no need to worry all, as I wrote that down.

10:26 PM  

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