GUIDE: Participate in, listen to and watch the first 2012 presidential debate

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 | 4:56 p.m. CDT; updated 6:55 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 7, 2012

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.

(You can also stop by the Missourian's website if you're looking for online live streaming.)

Presidential debate

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.

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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.

Want to hear more from the candidates or from your community? Use these hashtags on Twitter or catch up with these social media outlets.

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.

Do you have other resources or fun interactive opportunities to share? Leave them in the comments below or email

Supervising editor is Joy Mayer.

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