By the Numbers, Part 7

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Aug. 21 2000 9:30 PM

By the Numbers, Part 7


Slate, the Industry Standard, and join forces to examine the effect of the Internet on Campaign 2000.

The Internet was supposed to play a major role at this year's Republican and Democratic National Conventions. But has the online medium found a successful partner in politics? As always, a look at the numbers offers an insight on the real story.


1. Number of press credentials granted for the Democratic National Convention: 15,000

2. Number of online media companies at the convention: 42

3. Number of print, TV, and radio companies at the convention: 125

4. Total price tag for the Democratic National Convention: $35.3 million

5. Amount of corporate new economy contributions to the Democratic convention: $3,250,000

6. TV company that dedicated the most time to the Democratic National Convention, and time dedicated: C-SPAN; 30 hours, 39 minutes

7. TV company that dedicated the least time to the Democratic National Convention, and time dedicated: NBC; 3 hours, 15 minutes

8. Most heavily visited nonpartisan political site from Aug. 14-17:

9. Total unique visitors to during those four days: 52,905

10. Number of nonpartisan political Web sites that made Nielsen NetRatings' traffic count cutoff of 51,000 daily unique visitors: 1

11. Number of major newspaper stories about online media's coverage of the two party conventions: 60

12. Number of Internet media stories about print coverage of the Democratic National Convention: 0

13. Percentage of Internet users in a sample of approximately 100 who logged on to find convention coverage on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention, and the average time they spent watching online: just more than 1 percent; 10 minutes

14. Number of people in the sample of 100 who went to a convention chat room on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention: 0

15. Number of speakers at the Democratic National Convention who said the word "Internet" in their speeches: 11

16. Number of speakers at the Democratic National Convention who said "new economy" in their speeches: 3

17. Length of Vice President Al Gore's speech: 44 minutes, 5,740 words

18. Length of President Clinton's speech: 42 minutes, 4,201 words

19. Length of Tipper Gore's speech: 13 minutes (including video), 322 words (excluding video)

20. Length of first lady Hillary Clinton's speech: 18 minutes, 1,714 words


1. Washington Post

2. National Journal Convention Daily

3. National Journal Convention Daily

4. Washington Post

5. Center for Responsive Politics



8. Nielsen NetRatings

9. Nielsen NetRatings

10. Nielsen NetRatings

11. Lexis-Nexis search

12. Google search

13. Vanishing Voter Project

14. Vanishing Voter Project

15. C-SPAN

16. C-SPAN

17., Associated Press (transcription by eMediaMillWorks)



20., Associated Press (transcription by eMediaMillWorks)

Ronna Abramson is an Industry Standard staff writer. This article is reprinted from the Industry Standard.



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