Tales from the Trail

Inside the Tent: Time to move on

Bernice Scott, a pledged Hillary Clinton delegate for South Carolina, talks about how a phone call from the New York senator convinced her it was time to pledge support to Barack Obama. This video was shot by Inside the Tent contributor Kathleen Miller, a Barack Obama delegate for Maryland.

Reuters Inside the Tent has more than 40 delegates and other attendees in Denver and St. Paul, equipped with video cameras to capture the conventions from the ground up. Miller is not a Reuters employee and any opinions expressed are her own.

Click here for a full list of contributors at the Democratic National Convention. We’ll be moving to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention next week.

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Inside the Tent: Parental priorities

Alabama state representative Merika Coleman discusses why as a parent, she supports Barack Obama. This video is from Barbara Scarpella Reed, one of the contributors to Reuters Inside the Tent.

Reuters Inside the Tent has more than 40 delegates and other attendees in Denver and St. Paul, equipped with video cameras to capture the conventions from the ground up. Scarpella Reed is not a Reuters employee and any opinions expressed are her own.

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for a full list of contributors at the Democratic National Convention. We’ll be moving to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention next week.

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Biden loves pork

biden-pork.jpgVice presidential candidate Joe Biden, hailed as a voice for the working class, arrived in Denver shortly before the start of his Democratic Party convention on Monday and went straight to an outdoor barbecue for lunch.

“Five pulled pork sandwiches,” the white-haired, 65-year-old senator — accompanied by family members and crush of Secret Service agents — told the folks at Boney’s Smokehouse at the 16th Street Mall in the city’s downtown. Lunch was stuffed into a paper bag as the senator posed for pictures with a hundreds of passers-by who applauded and cheered the Delaware Democrat.

“Pennsylvania loves you,” yelled Michele Bortner, a Democratic delegate from York, Pennsylvania.

Inside the Tent: Hillary supporters and PUMA

Nancy Kivlen of PUMA (“Party Unity My Ass”) explains why she plans to vote for John McCain if Hillary Clinton doesn’t receive the Democratic nomination. This video is from Mike Smith, one of the contributors to Reuters Inside the Tent.

Reuters Inside the Tent has more than 40 delegates and other attendees in Denver and St. Paul, equipped with video cameras to capture the conventions from the ground up. Smith is not a Reuters employee and any opinions expressed are his own.

Click here for a full list of contributors at the Democratic National Convention. We’ll be moving to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention next week.

Inside the Tent: Sen. Robert Casey

Sen. Robert Casey of Pennsylvania, on the floor of the Democratic convention, talks about the importance of the economy as an issue in the 2008 elections with Corbett Daly, Washington bureau chief for Thomson Reuters Markets.

Reuters Inside the Tent has more than 40 delegates and other attendees in Denver and St. Paul, equipped with video cameras to capture the conventions from the ground up. Click here for a full list of contributors at the Democratic National Convention. We’ll be moving to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention next week.

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Inside the Tent: The Button Lady

Reuters Inside the Tent has more than 40 delegates and other attendees in Denver and St. Paul, equipped with video cameras to capture the conventions from the ground up. The following video is from Mike Smith, who has worked in politics, journalism and public policy for the last 25 years.

Smith is not a Reuters employee and any opinions expressed are his own.

Click here for a full list of contributors at the Democratic National Convention. We’ll be moving to St. Paul for the Republican National Convention next week.

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Are you going to the conventions in St. Paul and Denver?

convention.jpgAre you going to the Democratic convention in Denver or the Republican convention in St. Paul?

This year’s nominating conventions are poised to be some of the most exciting and newsworthy in decades. And because of new technology and online distribution, entire elections can now hinge on moments captured not by traditional journalists, but by ordinary citizens and those closest to the action.

Reuters is looking for participants in a new mobile journalism project that will capture this year’s conventions from the ground up. We will be equipping attendees with video cameras, and helping them to shoot footage from their own perspective and upload it to Reuters.com and other sites.