State Auditor Claire McCaskill will return to Joplin today for a rally at 5:45 p.m. today at Democratic headquarters at 1820 S. Main.
President Bush is scheduled to be at the Leggett & Platt Center at Missouri Southern State University Friday for a rally for Sen. Jim Talent scheduled to begin at approximately 12 noon.
The Talent-McCaskill race continues to receive widespread national attention, so media coverage of both of these campaign events should be interesting to watch. The president's visit gives our local media the opportunity to go one-on-one with the big guns from the national media.
This is the first time President Bush has been here in six years and technology has improved greatly in that time. Some things I will be looking for:
-While both KOAM and KSNF have noon newscasts, will KODE break away from All My Children for live coverage of the event?
-How will the Joplin Globe cover the event on its website? Will Globe editors opt for their usual few paragraphs and a tease for the next day's edition?
-Will the Joplin Daily take advantage of this opportunity and quickly have comprehensive web coverage available?
-Will anyone try live blogging of the event?
-Will the local television stations use their websites as well as their on-air coverage for the event?
-Will anyone point out that the president's visit to southwest Missouri at this point in the Talent campaign is a sure sign that there is fear that at least some of the senator's support in this region has eroded. Sure, he is going to win a majority of the votes in southwest Missouri, but in order for him to be re-elected, he has to win by an overwhelming margin in this area.
-Will any of the websites or print editions offer full text of the president's speech?
-Will any efforts be made to podcast the event?
-Will the Joplin Daily take advantage of the area GateHouse Media staffers at The Carthage Press and the Neosho Daily News to supplement their coverage?
-Will The Press and the Neosho Daily update on its website since the visit will be too late for their afternoon newspapers?
-Will the Joplin Daily's Friday print edition be filled with coverage of the presidential visit/
-How will coverage of Claire McCaskill's campaign fare in the media during this total media coverage of the president's visit. It has to be remembered that while a presidential visit to this area does not happen every day, it still is a political visit designed to boost Talent's re-election chances.
-How many efforts will be made by the national media to depict Joplin area residents as hillbilly hicks?