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Media Credentials

Presidential Primary Debate, April 26Download Media Credentials Application



All members of the media wishing to cover the debate and the South Carolina Democratic Party’s schedule of events for April 26th, 27th, and 28th (including all activities on South Carolina State University Campus, the State Party Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, Congressman Clyburn’s Annual Fish Fry, and the State Democratic Convention) must be credentialed and register for a Path to the Presidency credential using the attached forms.

CREDENTIALING PROCESS - Path to the Presidency Media Credentials will be required to gain access to the AT&T Media Filing Center, the Spin Center, and media stand-up positions, which will be located inside and around South Carolina State University’s Student Center for the debate.


Credentials will also be required to attend a special Media Welcome Dinner on campus from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Thursday, April 26, the evening of the debate, hosted by the Orangeburg Times and Democrat and the Orangeburg County Economic Development Office, and the Special Debate Watch Party and After Party at the S-H-M Gymnasium on campus starting at 6:30 PM on the 26th, where students and community members will gather to watch the debate and rally with the candidates once the debate has finished.

Path to the Presidency Media Credentials will also be required to cover the State Democratic Party JJ Dinner and Congressman Clyburn’s Fish Fry in Columbia on Friday, April 27 and the State Party Convention in at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on Saturday, April 28.

Please fill out these forms to apply for credentials, stand-up positions in the Spin Room, live shot positions outside the hall, order phone lines and reserve space for satellite trucks for both the debate and the other events of the weekend. Email completed forms to debate@scdp.org or fax to 803-765-1692.

Once credentials have been granted, we will hold a media logistics call in early April and a debate site survey for broadcast media the week before the debate.

Credentials for approved media will be handed out in two locations starting the week of April 23: on campus at the South Carolina State University Debate Office and at the South Carolina Democratic Party (1529 Hampton St. Suite 200, Columbia) through the morning of April 26. For media arriving after the debate, credentials can be picked up at the Press Office in the Convention Center in Columbia.

Please complete these forms and return them no later than 6:00 PM (EDT), on Friday, March 30, 2007. Please return them to debate@scdp.org. You will be informed by Monday, April 2, 2007 if your credential application has been approved. Monday the 2nd is also your deadline for PHONE ORDERS from AT&T for the debate.

IMPORTANT NOTE – Media Organizations must fill out appropriate forms for each type of service they are applying for: i.e. credentials, workspace, and phones.

MEDIA FILING FACILITIES AND SPIN ROOM FOR THE DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE will be located on the campus of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg South Carolina in and around the SC State University Student Center. Space is limited so make sure you apply as soon as possible.

MEDIA FILING FACILITIES FOR THE STATE PARTY JJ DINNER on Friday April 27 AND THE STATE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION on Saturday April 28 will be at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

HOPE DERRICK IS THE MEDIA CONTACT FOR CONGRESSMAN CLYBURN’S FISH FRY. Please contact her at hope_derrick@yahoo.com or 803-553-1732.

PHONE ORDERS FOR THE DEBATE must be made directly to AT&T. There will be a charge for phone lines and there will be an additional charge for an actual phone if that is required. Deadline is Monday April 2, 2007 for debate phone orders.