Here come the media

Students packed Holmes Lounge to see CBS' "The Early Show" broadcast live beginning at 5:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 2008. Opportunities such as this one will be plentiful this weekend.

Students packed Holmes Lounge to see CBS’ “The Early Show” broadcast live beginning at 5:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 2008. Opportunities such as this one will be plentiful this weekend.

On the morning of Oct. 2, 2008, Washington University in St. Louis students got up uncharacteristically early to pack Holmes Lounge to watch CBS’ “The Early Show.” Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer and anchor Maggie Rodriguez began their national broadcast at 5:30 a.m., and Washington University students provided plenty of background throughout the broadcast of the show.

NBC's Andrea Mitchell broadcasting from campus Oct. 2, 2008.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell broadcasts from campus Oct. 2, 2008.

This year, students again will have multiple opportunities to appear as extras on national broadcasts when the national media descend upon the Danforth Campus on Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9.

Check network listings for broadcast times, but Danforth Campus locations for national media outlets are expected as follows:

  • CNN will be broadcasting in front of Brookings Hall — on the Brookings Drive mall — from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday and from Beaumont Pavilion in Brookings Quadrangle all day Sunday.
  • The C-SPAN bus will be located on Mudd Field outside Simon Hall.
  • Fox News Channel will be located on the southeast corner of Mudd Field.
  • MSNBC will be immediately north of Graham Chapel.
  • MTV will have an MTV “News Confessional” booth in Dains Dining Hall of the Danforth University Center (DUC) Sunday. Students are invited to take part and speak candidly about their political stances, fears or predictions, and their comments will be shared live on Facebook, in two segments, both before and after the debate.
  • Although it’s not open to an audience, CBS will broadcast “Face the Nation” Sunday morning from the law library in Anheuser-Busch Hall.

In addition, events such as Student Union’s Debate Fair and the engineering students’ “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em” robots will enhance the debate weekend experience for everyone on the campus. As a reminder, on Oct. 8 and 9, the Danforth Campus will be accessible only to Washington University students, faculty and staff with a valid university ID; credentialed media or vendors; and participants in certain ticketed events.

Student Union is encouraging student involvement through a social media button campaign.

Student Union is encouraging student involvement in national media activities through a social media button campaign.