The first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Colorado in Denver, and it will be broadcast live on most major networks.
Who: Presidential candidates President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
What: First of the presidential debates
Where: The University of Denver in Colorado
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where to watch: Tune in to your major cable news networks, or check back at the Missourian's website for online streaming.
Issues in the debate will focus on domestic policy, particularly the economy, but social and governmental issues will also be given attention. Jim Lehrer of PBS will moderate the event.
If you're the type to look for interactive ways to participate in the debate, this guide is made with you in mind. Check out these outlets that are hosting chats, conversations and commentary.
- XBox LIVE is offering ways for viewers to interact and participate in the debate. People can tune in for live coverage and participate in real-time polling. You can submit your poll questions by tweeting them with the hashtag #XboxPoll, and they could be featured by other Xbox LIVE members. #Election2012onXbox is another place to stay tuned in on Twitter.
- AARP is hosting a message board that will likely focus on the future of Medicare and Social Security. The organization held a similar online forum in September for AARP members at Life@50+.
- The Commission on Presidential Debates is in partnership with AOL, Google and Yahoo to interact with the public. The website describes "The Voice Of ..." digital initiative as a platform that will provide "access to information about the issues at large, feature the live debates, allow access to archival debate footage and give people throughout the country the opportunity to share their voice."
Want to hear more from the candidates or from your community? Use these hashtags on Twitter or catch up with these social media outlets.
- The Columbia Missourian has a Twitter list of local and state politicians. Follow this list and find out what they might be saying about the debate.
- Twitter is sending a team to Denver and will be using the hashtags #debates and #DenverDebate to organize conversation.
- Facebook live will stream the debate and then have post-debate commentary. Viewers will be able to submit questions.
These outlets are making sure the candidates are getting the stories straight.
As the candidates prepare to debate each other, scores of journalists are preparing their own Excel sheets and ready-to-go reports, for on-the-spot fact-checking of what's being said.
- The New York Times will be blogging and fact checking "to counter the candidates’ efforts to embellish or misinform."
- The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler writes this fact-checking blog.
- FactCheckedED.org offers a section that fact-checks specific statements that candidates have made.
- FactCheck.org, project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, will be keeping an eye on the candidates, too.
Do you have other resources or fun interactive opportunities to share? Leave them in the comments below or email submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com.
Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.