Journalists are usually the funniest people to watch during big political events, such as Barack Obama’s speech tonight. While everybody else is jumping from their seats in excitement, crying, yelling, or clapping, journalists remain stoically serious. Emotionless.
In other words, journalists by training are groomed not to react.
But that’s all now changing with social media. Suddenly, journalists are a bit freer to react to political speeches in ways most old school journalists did not/do not. Sometimes the reactions are just as funny as remaining robotic; other times it gets journalists into trouble.
Tonight, for the most part, journalists of color stuck to straight news reporting via their live tweets and Instagram posts. Some moments, however, were filled with humor and awe at seeing Obama’s historic presidency come to an end, and even a touch of emotion about the meaning of being on the cusp of yet another historic moment, the presidential nomination of the first woman of a major political party. And of course, many journalists compared tonight’s speeches to those made a week ago at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
We captured some social media postings of journalists of color who are covering the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia to show how they – not delegates – reacted to the night’s worth of speeches, which saw big name surrogates for Hillary Clinton describe her Republican opponent, Donald J. Trump, as “insane,” “unqualified,” “a con,” and a “homegrown demagogue,” among other labels. You can view all these posts on our Twitter List.
AllDigitocracy was particularly interested in reactions from journalists of color to Obama’s speech, the last he’ll make at a Democratic convention as president. So we Storified the posts, and embedded them below for your perusal.