By the time Sunday’s debate convenes at Washington University in St. Louis, an army of news folk numbering as many as 2,000 will be in place — a number that’s a testament both to the high intrigue surrounding this year’s contest, and the changing media landscape.
For Washington University, accommodating all those journalists is a high-dollar, almost military-scale operation.
Washington University officials say the cost of hosting the debate will total approximately $5 million. But the boost to the local economy makes it well worth the investment, they say, with the troves of media inevitably boosting local hotels and restaurants.
Major news networks are expected on campus as early as Wednesday, after they pack up from the vice presidential debate Tuesday night at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
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