CNN.com Provides Destination for Live, Interactive Dialogue During Upcoming Presidential and VP Debates
CNN today announced a cross-platform initiative that enables its global audience to engage in a real-time online dialogue with other viewers and users as well as with select CNN contributors as they watch the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates. These live, interactive conversations called “Debate the Debate with CNN” kicks off during the first presidential debate on Friday, Sept. 26, and will take place on The Forum, CNN.com’s recently launched platform for social and political self-expression.
“The Forum is quickly evolving into a community whose members are actively engaging in conversations about today’s hottest topics, in particular the fast-approaching presidential election,” said Rena Golden, senior vice president and executive producer of CNN.com. “The opportunity to host a real-time conversation among viewers during each of the upcoming debates is thrilling, and we look forward to more Internet users joining the thousands already active on The Forum for its first live, interactive dialogue.”
To participate in “Debate the Debate,” online users must register as a member of The Forum at www.CNN.com/Forum. Upon registration, users are provided with simple tools for self-identification, social networking and community-building, including the ability to design a personalized virtual “badge” that graphically depicts their political passions and positions on top issues. Then, on Friday, Sept. 26, beginning at 4 p.m. (ET) with CNN’s special coverage of the first presidential debate, registered users of The Forum can go to www.CNN.com/Forum to comment on the debate in real time as they watch it simultaneously on CNN or online at CNN.com Live, the network’s multi-stream, live video news service.
In addition to discussing the debate with other users, registered members of The Forum will have the opportunity to sound off with CNN contributors participating in the live, online conversation. CNN correspondent Candy Crowley, senior political analyst Bill Schneider, political analyst Mark Preston and political contributors Roland Martin and Leslie Sanchez are scheduled to engage in the community during the first presidential debate on Sept. 26.
The Forum provides practical, convenient access to the most current election information, including detailed candidate profiles and platforms; examination of salient issues; an extensive video archive allowing users to hear from the candidates in their own words – raw and uncensored; and links to relevant political Web sites and other resources
CNN Digital Sets Multiple Records in August as Race for White House Intensifies
As Internet users sought up-to-the-minute news and information during the month of August, the CNN Digital Network had the highest average time per person – 35.8 minutes – among the Top 5 news and information sites. Additionally, CNN Digital registered a record 38.8 million unique users in August, securing a 22 percent increase in reach over this time last year. (Source: Nielsen Online Home/Work Panel)
In particular, CNN.com’s reporting and analysis of the road to the White House kept users turning to the news and information site in record numbers, driving CNNPolitics.com, the online gateway to the site’s up-to-the-minute political coverage, to garner its one billionth page view since launching less than a year ago.
· CNNPolitics.com had its highest traffic day ever with 16.1 million page views.
· CNN Political Ticker – the No. 1 political news blog according to Nielsen Online – also reported its highest trafficked day ever with 2.96 million page views
· iReport.com received 845 submissions in response to McCain’s selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate – a record number of submissions for a single news event in a 24-hour period
· Nearly 6,000 new contributors registered on iReport.com.
(Source: Nielsen Online and Omniture SiteCatalyst, Global)
In August, CNN Digital set other records as it served 127 million video streams, making August the highest month ever for the network’s video streams served, representing an increase in usage of 88 percent year to date. CNN.com Live served more than 6.3 million live streams during the month, quadrupling the amount of live video streams served over the prior four-week period. (Source: Nielsen Online and Omniture SiteCatalyst)
Traffic to iReport.com totaled more than 21 million page views, and the user-generated content destination served 4.2 million videos during the month of August. In addition to politics, other popular topics in the iReport.com community during August included hurricane-related submissions and contributions from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. First-hand accounts of the Georgia-Russia conflict, which numbered more than 1,200 contributions, added depth, context and detail to CNN's coverage of that on-going international story. (Source: Omniture SiteCatalyst, Global)
As a key component of CNN’s dedicated “Issue #1” coverage of the economy, CNNMoney.com – CNN’s exclusive business site and the online home of FORTUNE, MONEY and FSB: FORTUNE Small Business magazines – also set a record with 818 thousand unique viewers for the month of August, which is CNNMoney.com’s highest unique viewer count ever. Also, CNNMoney.com saw users spend an average of 16.2 minutes per visit on the site in August, a 16 percent increase over last year. Additionally, CNNMoney.com saw a 28 percent increase in page views over the same time last year.
CNN Mobile remains the No. 1 mobile Internet news provider with 5.8 million unique users, maintaining its top ranking for the 22nd month in a row. CNN Digital Network mobile usage has increased 45 percent since last year. (Source: Nielsen Mobile).
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