For the first time, AP will offer real-time coverage of the public swearing-in, via ScribbleLive, a multimedia live-blogging platform. The you-are-there report will capture the color and pageantry in words, photos, sound, video, interactive and graphics as President Barack Obama takes the oath of office at 12 noon on the west front of the Capitol, putting readers in the middle of the historic scene as it unfolds.
AP reporters and editors will provide analysis, context, behind-the-scenes insight, historical content and more. Coverage will run from 9 a.m. ET to approximately 5 p.m. ET. AP customers with active ScribbleLive accounts will be able to syndicate the content free of charge at the ScribbleLive marketplace.
“Inaugurations are a rare moment in America when the country marks its traditions with pageantry and symbolism, both solemn and celebratory," said Sally Buzbee, Washington bureau chief. "But inaugurations also are important and substantive political moments when a president embarks on the challenges of the four years ahead. Our coverage will attempt to capture those different strands.”
Here are other highlights of AP’s coverage plans:
• In the days leading up to the inaugural weekend, AP will examine Obama’s legacy and second-term inaugural addresses, as well as the fundraising, security, protests, transportation, travel, fashion, celebrities and weather tied to the big day.
• A special feature, "Inauguration Watch," will include brief items about the scene, with an emphasis on political analysis from AP reporters looking ahead to issues and challenges Obama faces during his second term. It will be updated every two hours on Monday.
• Sixteen AP photographers will be on the ground to capture candid and historical moments, and AP will be positioned for rapid photo transmission from key positions.
• HTML interactives will provide everything from textual analysis of inaugural speeches to a feature allowing users to explore a panoramic photograph of the inaugural site.
• AP will also have full video coverage of the weekend’s events, all in high definition, and carry live coverage on Monday for international video clients. In addition, journalists will provide around-the-clock edits for international and domestic video products.
• AP Global Media Services will provide domestic and leading international broadcasters live capability from key positions during the swearing-in ceremony and along the parade route, and live shots from prime locations on the National Mall and overlooking the Capitol.
• AP Radio News will offer live coverage from Capitol Hill anchored by White House correspondent Mark Smith. Unanchored coverage, as well as produced reports and other sound from the event, will also be available for radio customers.
• AP journalists throughout Washington will be tweeting about the inaugural festivities. Follow them here: https://twitter.com/AP/inauguration.
• In addition, to help with spelling and usage terms, AP editors recently compiled an inauguration style guide.