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AP Releases Coverage Plans Ahead of Monday’s Inauguration

The Associated Press has announced its plans for coverage of Monday’s presidential inauguration.

Member papers will receive full text, photo, video, interactive and social media coverage of all events, from the swearing-in ceremony and the parade to the inaugural balls. The AP will offer real-time coverage of the public swearing-in, via ScribbleLive, a multimedia live-blogging platform.

AP reporters and editors will provide analysis, context, behind-the-scenes insight and historical content. Coverage will run from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m. AP customers with active ScribbleLive accounts will be able to syndicate the content free of charge at the ScribbleLive marketplace. In addition, to help with spelling and usage terms, AP editors recently compiled an inauguration style guide.

AP Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee said AP’s coverage will try to capture the inauguration with different mediums to highlight the importance of the event.

"Inaugurations also are important and substantive political moments when a president embarks on the challenges of the four years ahead,” Buzbee said.

AP’s coverage plans include:

• An examination of Obama’s legacy and second-term inaugural addresses, as well as the fundraising, security, protests, transportation, travel, fashion, celebrities and weather tied to the big day.
• "Inauguration Watch," a special feature to include brief items about the scene with an emphasis issues and challenges Obama faces during his second term. On Monday, it will be updated every two hours.
• A total of 16 AP photographers will be on the ground, and AP will be positioned for rapid photo transmission from key positions.
• HTML interactives will provide textual analysis of inaugural speeches and a panoramic photograph of the inaugural site for users to explore.
• Full video coverage of the weekend’s events in high definition, and around-the-clock edits for international and domestic video products.
• AP journalists throughout Washington will tweet about the inaugural festivities.

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