What’s Flono’s advice for reporters coming to town for the big event?

“The only advice I’d have is for reporters to have in mind what they want to accomplish in their coverage, and have a plan to achieve that goal. Otherwise, you can be overwhelmed with the event,” she noted via email. “This kind of look at democracy in action is uniquely ours in America, and it is only happens every four years, so it is worthwhile—but only if we cover it in ways that make it worthwhile.”

Of course, the fun snark will flow from those who see the convention as a staged party for thousands of journalists and politicos. But for Flono, you can bet she’ll find a way to convene deeper conversation even there.

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Andria Krewson is an independent journalist in Charlotte and a student in the University of North Carolina's master of arts in technology and digital communication. She worked at The Charlotte Observer for many years. Find her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/underoak or http://twitter.com/akrewson.