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Presidential Debates Fifty Years of High-Risk TV

ISBN-10: 023114105X
ISBN-13: 9780231141055
Edition: 2nd 2008
Authors: Alan Schroeder
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Description: This wildly popular history now covers the 2000 Bush-Gore and 2004 Bush-Kerry debates, including innovations in format and press coverage, and incorporates new research into the analysis of televised debates since 1960. Alan Schroeder organizes his  More...

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Book details

List price: $29.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 7/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.46" wide x 8.98" long x 0.74" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

This wildly popular history now covers the 2000 Bush-Gore and 2004 Bush-Kerry debates, including innovations in format and press coverage, and incorporates new research into the analysis of televised debates since 1960. Alan Schroeder organizes his book according to a television production timeline, highlighting the importance of pre- and post-debate periods, as well as the live telecasts themselves. He describes production in painstaking detail, from the selection of questioners to camera angles, from makeup to lighting and set design. Televised debates represent a rare departure from well-choreographed campaigns, and with new media such as YouTube continuing to redefine form and content, the 2008 election should present the most exciting opportunities for debate yet.

Alan Schroeder, an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University, has written extensively about the relationship between presidential politics and the media. He has also worked as a journalist, television producer, and diplomat.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The First Presidential Debate
Preproduction
The Predebate Debate
Predebate Strategy
Candidate Preparation
Predebate News Coverage
Production
The Debaters
The Questioners
The Productions
Postproduction
Postdebate News Coverage
The Audience
Making Presidential Debates Better
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Schedule of Televised Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates, 1960-2004
Index

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