Since I’ve been a kid, Oregon has never really played a big role in the presidential general election â€” with the primaries being even less important. However with the current Hilary vs Obama situation on our hands this go-round, it seems like everyone is getting a little attention. Well, Obama announced a trip to Oregon early last week and on Friday he flew into Portland and then made the jont down to Eugene to speak at the University of Oregon.
Upon hearing the news, my ace multimedia reporter immediately called me and asked if she could go. I also wanted to go, but we had a photographer going and two reporters as well. (This is a constant battle between balancing reporters, photographers and videographers with the amount of press passes we get but that is a whole other post.)
Luckily we were all able to get in. I decided I would straight film the entire speech with my colleague shooting the speech gorilla-style to get an audience perspective. He spoke at 9 p.m. which meant that the speech wasn’t over until 10:30 p.m. We got back to our newsroom around 11 p.m. and seriously worked until 4 a.m. to get the video online. Long freaking night. But we were able to post a short five-minute version of the speech done documentary style and the entire, unedited speech online before any of the TV stations or big commercial newspaper were able to get it up.
I think we did a fairly good job but I just wanted to point out one funny thing. The two news outlets that posted the highest quality video of the speech in its entirety was us (the Oregon Daily Emerald) and The Register-Guard (the biggest newspaper in Eugene). The three commercial TV stations in town posted low-quality versions, and edited clips a day late. I think its funny that with newspapers pioneering online web video, TV news hasn’t quite gotten the hang of the whole internet video thing.
What do you think of the coverage?
Michael Calcagno is currently a journalism student at the University of Oregon. He serves as online editor for the Oregon Daily Emerald. He oversees the structure and design of dailyemerald.com and also oversees the multimedia staff to provide original content for the Web.