From the blessedly staid souls who brought you last month’s blessedly staid Convention Hubs—online coverage of the DNC and GOP conventions—comes a new feature: Debate Hub. Yep, C-SPAN is at it again! Detailed, sober, generally gimmick-free coverage of our upcoming
national mud-wresting matches political slap-fests presidential and vice presidential debates!
Per the press release,
Debate Hub will feature an interactive timeline that allows users to identify and watch the questions from the debates they find most interesting. Users will also be able to share this video with others using C-SPAN’s Video Library embeddable player.
It will also feature complete video footage of each debate, as well as aggregated blog and Twitter coverage of each debate.
The Hub (yep, we’re so on a one-name basis) will go live on C-SPAN’s Politics page later his month. When it does, it will also feature—this necessitates a special notation—a word tree. Yep, again: a word tree. A “visualization of each candidate’s responses.”
Which will be—and I write this without any sarcasm—awesome.
In fact: if C-SPAN can find a way to team up with these guys, their debate coverage might just be complete.Megan Garber is an assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University. She was formerly a CJR staff writer.