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AP’s extensive conventions coverage to include Facebook Live and shareable content

, by Lauren Easton

Editors and producers at member news organizations have been learning of AP’s plans to provide comprehensive 24/7 coverage inside and beyond the convention halls where Republicans and Democrats will gather in the next two weeks.

In addition to AP’s trademark offering of text, photos, video and interactives, new features will include Facebook Live video chats and a focus on shareable content, designed to create a more immersive experience on mobile and social platforms.

U.S. Political Editor David Scott. (AP Photo)

At each convention, U.S. Political Editor David Scott will host a daily morning chat on Facebook Live, previewing the day ahead. In a second Facebook Live event at midday, AP journalists will interact with viewers and answer convention-related questions. The Facebook Live video chats will be available here.

Two reporters at each convention will also be dedicated to producing shareable content, including video, short interviews and explainers and graphics.

“In a campaign unlike any other, we’ve expanded the team we’re bringing to Cleveland and Philadelphia to make sure we’re providing all that AP customers need to tell the story of the conventions,” said Scott. “We’ll focus as always on breaking news and our explanatory and investigative reporting on the campaign, but we’re excited about our plans to deliver the news in new ways.”

AP Global Media Services will offer broadcast-ready facilities, including live positions in the convention halls and international signal delivery.

The Republican National Convention will take place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland from Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 21.

The Democratic National Convention will take place at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia from Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28.