Thursday, January 15, 2009 Engages Users with Live Video, Interactive Features for Inauguration

CNN Press Release - On Inauguration Day, will provide special coverage of the presidential inauguration and all related events in their entirety through a wide variety of elements, including live streaming and on-demand video, photo galleries, audio slideshows, interactive maps and in-depth articles.

Throughout the day, the site’s coverage will showcase the sights and sounds from the events captured by CNN reporters and photographers, as well as various inauguration attendees. To provide additional perspective on the historic events taking place, the site also will feature reactions, analysis and commentary from users and newsmakers alike.

With live coverage starting at 8 a.m. (ET) and running until the last inaugural ball, Live, the Internet’s only multi-stream live video news service, will offer users up to four simultaneous live streams of inauguration coverage, including the parade and other related events happening in the nation’s capital, as well as Obama’s inaugural address. Live anchor Melissa Long will anchor live from the Capitol grounds in Washington with fellow anchors Reggie Aqui, Naamua Delaney and Nicole Lapin from headquarters in Atlanta.

In an effort to enable users to connect and engage with each other while watching live all the events of Inauguration Day on Live, and Facebook have joined forces. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Live users will be able to update their own Facebook status directly from the Live player and also see status updates from their friends and other Facebook users on Live.

In addition to live streaming video, audio slideshows, photo galleries and interactives, other special inauguration coverage elements on include:
· “Your View of History” – a customized map, built using Google Maps technology, of the inauguration parade route featuring video and still images to provide a comprehensive visual experience of the day’s events and the parade. Images will be placed on the map from the exact locations where they are taken, so that users can zoom in to get street-level views all along the route, giving users a closer glimpse of what it’s like to be there;
· Inaugural Address Report Card – ratings and comments on Obama’s speech from CNN political analysts and users; and

· Political Ticker – Just as it has throughout the entirety of the campaign, the CNN Political Ticker - the Internet’s No. 1 political news blog according to Nielsen Online, will provide a special inaugural edition of the blog complete with live rolling updates, analysis and commentary from members of the “Best Political Team.”, the network’s user-generated online news community, will invite contributors to share their thoughts on the historic moment, as well as submit share their videos and photos, whether from the events or their own backyards.

Through CNN Student News, has special content for teachers, parents and students including inaugural explainers, learning activities including an inaugural scavenger hunt and discussion questions. Special inauguration programming will also be included in the 10-minute commercial free program available on HLN at 4 a.m. (ET) Monday through Friday; streamed online at; or as a free iTunes podcast. is the world's No. 1 destination for online and wireless news, garnering the greatest audience share of total minutes among current events and global news sites. Launched in 1995, draws from the resources of CNN Worldwide and its many partners to provide consumers with the most enriching, immediate interaction with news anywhere, seamlessly combining articles, videos, images, interactive features and user-generated content.’s news video offering – both live and on-demand – is unparalleled on the Web.’s recent awards include an Edward R. Murrow award, a National Headliner award, four EPpy awards and the Online News Association’s award for general excellence.

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Blogger Bluegrass Pundit said...

The Media continues to smooch Obama's butt
Time magazine is putting Barack Obama on the cover for the 15th time. You can see the covers here. This level of coverage is unprecedented. If the editors of Time were poodles, they would be humping Obama's leg. Now, the final insult has occurred. ESPN is broadcasting Obama's inauguration. We won't even be able to turn the channel to sports on inauguration day.

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