Although the Republican National Convention isn’t until the end of August, representatives are in the midst of a big day today as hundreds of journalists from four continents have converged in Tampa for the first official look at what the RNC will become.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, today’s event will host about 400 members of the media from four different continents (North America, Europe, Asia, Australia) including U.S. newspaper representatives, magazines, broadcast networks, wire services, bloggers and online media, foreign correspondents, Hispanic media, and local newspapers, TV and radio.
Attending media companies will get to see their spaces in the Tampa Bay Times Forum as well as the Tampa Convention Center, which will serve as the designated hub for all media outlets at the convention. Attending media will also get to meet with Bright House Networks to discuss video, high-speed data and landline voice services during the Republican National Convention.
The Tampa Bay Times Forum will take special measures to ensure enough working space for all attending media. This includes turning the luxury suites into mini TV studios plus building a number of broadcast suites from scratch. Media suite rental rates for the convention run anywhere from around $19,000 to $34,000 depending on the size.
When the convention takes place from August 27-30 later this year, there will be 15,000 journalists expected to cover the convention.
In total, the 2012 Republican National Convention will play host to around 50,000 journalists, delegates, dignitaries, party staffers, corporate executives, lobbyists, demonstrators and more throughout its four-day run.