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CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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CNN Election Express is On the Road Again

CNN’s Election Express is on the road again.

Tomorrow morning, the tricked out politibus hits the road departing Boca Raton, site of tonight’s debate, headed for other Florida cities like Lakeland, and Winter Park. Then it’s on to North Carolina on Friday and by Sunday the Election Express will be in Virginia. On board are CNN’s Ali Velshi and John Avlon who will be interviewing voters in four swing states. Interviews and analysis will be featured throughout CNN’s television networks and digital platforms over the final two weeks of the campaign.

This is the second presidential election cycle for Election Express. TVNewser got a tour the last go-round when the Express swung through New York City.

Despite Requests, TV Reporters Still Prevalent In Political Attack Ads

Despite requests from TV news organizations to political campaigns, attack ads across the country still prominently feature TV news anchors and reporters. Advertising Age looked at the numbers, and found that journalists have been featured in TV spots that aired thousands and thousands of times.

Clips from CNBC were the most commonly used, followed by CNN and MSNBC. Tom Brokaw, David Gregory, Ali Velshi and John Harwood were among the journalists whose clips were used for political purposes. Earlier this year networks asked the campaigns to stop featuring clips from their programming in ads. It didn’t work.

Ad Age explains:

From a messaging standpoint, TV journalists “deliver” the advertisers’ messages not only more credibly but also more concisely and accessibly, an added benefit for the advertisers in light of the complex economic circumstances being debated this year. Deficit spending, unemployment and stimulus are tough to explain in 30 seconds, so why not “borrow” the people who do it for a living? Having familiar faces and voices do the work is also far more powerful than showing frame after frame of static newspaper headlines.


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Friendly Reminder To TV News Talent: Be Sure To Proofread Those Tweets

Twitter is awesome, as it can spread breaking news incredibly efficiently and quickly. It is also a problem, as it can spread misinformation incredibly efficiently and quickly.

CNN’s Ali Velshi saw that firsthand this morning, after CNN confirmed that terrorism was not a factor in the shooting by the Empire State Building.

Velshi tweeted the following, leaving out a key word: “no”

To his credit, he quickly caught the error and deleted the tweet. More impressively, he seemed to respond to everyone that messaged him, correcting and apologizing along the way.

Just a friendly reminder: double check those tweets. Mistakes can (and do) happen to the best of us. When you are on-air talent, followed by thousands of people, misinformation can spread especially quickly.

Ed Henry’s Secret Passion: Pocket Squares

Here’s something you may not know about Fox News Channel’s chief White House correspondent, Ed Henry: he loves pocket squares. (So much that they even have their own Twitter account.) The AP’s Samantha Critchell examines the origins of Henry’s fashion statement:

Blue ones, red ones, white ones. He’ll wear red-meets-blue purple, too, but don’t read too much into any political meaning, he says.

It all started as a friendly fashion competition with Ali Velshi, a former colleague when Henry was at CNN. It was all about the bigger, better necktie back then. There was an unending game of one-upmanship with more colorful shirts, perhaps even a patterned vest.

Still, Henry says, Velshi usually out did him — until Henry pulled out the pocket square. “The pocket square amps it up!” says Henry. He adds: “At least no one is teasing me about my makeup anymore.”

Special Live ‘Your Money’ to Cover French and Greek Elections

Normally on tape, CNN’s “Your Money will be live Sunday at 3pmET focusing on the second round of the French presidential election as well as the election in Greece tomorrow. Ali Velshi and Christine Romans host, along with Paris-based correspondent Jim Bitterman and Hala Gorani from Paris, Matthew Chance from Athens, Al Goodman from Madrid and John Defterios from Abu Dhabi.

CNN’s Ali Velshi On Plane As Birds Strike Engines

A Delta flight had to return to JFK yesterday, after a flock of birds struck one of the engines. Amazingly, CNN’s Ali Velshi was on that flight, and promptly started making the rounds to talk about his experience:

This morning CNN also televised some other video from the flight, actual footage of birds hitting the engines:

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Austin Restaurant Becomes ‘CNN Grill’ for SXSW

CNN has been covering SXSW this weekend from the “CNN Grill,” which has taken over Max’s Wine Dive in downtown Austin for the second year running.

Both the Saturday and Sunday broadcasts of “Your Money” with Ali Velshi have been live from the CNN Grill. Soledad O’Brien also hosted Friday’s “StartingPoint” from Austin.

In addition to two musical acts each night, CNN has hosted several panel discussions at the restaurant, including one with Texas governor and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, who stopped in to talk with Peter Hamby. When Hamby asked him what he would do differently as a 2016 candidate, Perry said, “work on some debate skills, and always remember the third thing.”

For more on SXSW, check out Kiran Aditham‘s coverage from Austin on AgencySpy.

(Photo credit: Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN)

The Ticker (CNN Edition): Lah, Whitaker, Brindell…

  • Nearly a year after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake unleashed a tsunami in northeastern Japan, CNN’s Kyung Lah gets rare access to the Fukushima nuclear plant — still considered to be one of the most hazardous places on the planet. CNN is the only U.S. broadcast network to have access to the plant. Here’s her report.
  • CNN is taking a deeper dive into the nationwide gas price hike. Ali Velshi talked about it on “Starting Point.” Managing Editor Mark Whitaker has written this op-ed. And “The Situation Room,” “Out Front” and other CNN shows will devote segments to the issue throughout the week. Also, iReporters are being asked to share what they see in their own towns.
  • Lynn Brindell joins CNN Worldwide as SVP of marketing. Brindell will work across all CNN brands leading off-channel and digital marketing efforts. She will report to Janet Rollé, EVP and CMO of CNN Worldwide. In the past, Brindell has worked on marketing efforts at The Weather Channel, Food Network and Lifetime Television.

 

For CNN’s Ali Velshi, Global and Social Are the New Name of the Game

Today CNN’s Ali Velshi started his new role at the channel, anchoring a one-hour edition of CNN International “World Business Today.” That is in addition to his weekend program on CNN/U.S. and his regular appearances on CNN primetime covering the intersection of business and politics.

“For a business journalist in 2012, I have about the best gig going,” Velshi told TVNewser. “I will be doing stuff for a global audience every morning, which is their primetime. The show is 7 PM in India, 10 PM in Hong Kong, 11 PM in Tokyo, those audiences are very financially sophisticated.”

It also means that he can wake up at a more reasonable hour, although he will be spread out more across the many CNN platforms.

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