Gubernatorial forum will be broadcast, livestreamed Sept. 25

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Gubernatorial forum will be broadcast, livestreamed Sept. 25

Pool photographer will take photos during event for all media

Missouri candidates for Governor will participate in a forum at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25, sponsored by the Missouri Press Association and KOMU-8. The forum will be televised live on KOMU-8 and a livestream will be available for all MPA members to use on their websites.

The Missouri Press Association / KOMU-8 Gubernatorial Forum is being produced in cooperation with the Missouri School of Journalism. It will be held at the University of Missouri’s historic Missouri Theatre.

This forum will be the first time all four candidates, including Gov. Mike Parson, R; State Auditor Nicole Galloway, D; Libertarian nominee Rik Combs; and Green Party nominee Jerome Bauer share a common stage to discuss their positions on issues affecting the state.

David Lieb, the Associated Press’ chief correspondent in Jefferson City, will moderate. Candidates will be questioned by media members representing KOMU, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the Missouri Press Association.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and limitations on the size of gatherings, the forum will not be open to the public and attendance by other media will be limited.

Details on accessing the program and making the livestream available on your website are being determined and will be announced as soon as possible.

Video and still photography will be allowed immediately prior to the start of the forum when candidates are in their positions. Once the broadcast begins, media will be moved to designated areas and attendees will be asked to refrain from all photography and videography in the forum.

A designated pool photographer will be taking photos during the forum for all media to use. Details on accessing those photos will be available prior to the event.

Space will be designated for each candidate to answer questions after the forum while satisfying social distancing rules.

A media credential application is here for those wanting to attend. The form only needs to be filled out for media attending in-person. Media applications are due by Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.

Please contact MPA Executive Director Mark Maassen at 573-449-4167, Ext. 308, or mmaassen@mopress.com with questions or special requests regarding the upcoming candidates’ forum.

Missouri Press Association, a statewide newspaper organization based in Columbia, was scheduled to hold its 154th Annual Convention and Trade Show Sept. 24-25 but canceled it due to COVID-19 concerns. The candidate forum was originally set to be part of that meeting.

KOMU 8 is an auxiliary enterprise of the University of Missouri and is expected to generate all revenues for station operations. Its operations and investments in broadcast technology are funded entirely by advertising, production services and retransmission revenues. The station receives no funding from the university or state.

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Media credential form: http://bit.ly/MPA2020forum

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