National Press Club

A Former NPC President Discusses Political Conventions Then And Now

August 1, 2016

A Former NPC President Discusses Political Conventions Then And Now

Who better to discuss how political conventions have changed over the years than former Press Club President Jonathan Salant, who was in Philadelphia last week when Update-1 caught up with him at a very noisy Democratic National Convention. Broadcast Committee member Shannon Fisher talked with Salant about the 18 conventions he has covered, beginning with the DNC in 1984 when New York Governor Mario Cuomo became a national political figure with his convention keynote address in which he spoke of "A Tale of Two Cities." Salant also discussed how video and social media, particularly Facebook and Twitter, have added to the responsibilities of reporters, and the differences between the Republican and Democratic conventions.

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