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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania -- Some media outlets sent a fresh team of journalists to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, but some reporters hopped directly from last week's Republican National Convention in Cleveland to this political gathering.
Those who will have attended both conventions will be able to compare and contrast the Republican and Democratic events. As the DNC got started at Wells Fargo Arena, here's how some journalists expect the two conventions to stack up against each other. Their comments appear below their photos.
Ken Rudin, host of "Ken Rudin's Political Junkie" syndicated radio show.
The big story in Cleveland was the Republican leaders who didn't show up, such as 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Sen. John McCain. Here at the DNC, the story is about the people who are showing up, Rudin said.
First Lady Michelle Obama and Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders were scheduled to speak on Monday. President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden are other prominent Democrats slated to address the delegates over the next few days.
"You don't have people staying away like you did [at the RNC]," Rudin said.
While the Democrats predicted that their gathering would go smoothly after the controversies and hiccups at the RNC, it turns out that the DNC has begun with controversy as well. Fallout over the leaked Democratic National Committee emails led DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to announce her resignation Sunday, according to CNN.
"The last thing Democrats wanted was controversy, and they got it before it started," Rudin said.
Bernie Sanders supporters are making their displeasure known by booing and demonstrating at the DNC, proving that both the Democrats and Republicans must work to unite their parties, Rudin said.
He thinks the DNC will be more a racially diverse and upbeat event. "You have a less angry convention here," Rudin said.
Casey Seiler, statehouse editor of the Albany Times-Union newspaper in Albany, New York.
After being at the DNC for a few hours, his main impression was that in Cleveland, the convention took place in a venue next to a vibrant downtown neighborhood. In Philly, the Wells Fargo Arena is miles from downtown; its neighbors are other sports arenas.
Seiler is here to cover the New York state delegation. He pointed out that New Yorkers are in the middle of the DNC action. Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders all have ties to New York state, Seiler said.
Seiler wants to see "if this convention has as much drama as the RNC – and based on the first half-day, it will have."
Kimberly Kravitz, production coordinator, KJWP Channel 2 in Wilmington, Delaware, and Philadelphia.
As a behind-the-scenes person, Kravitz compared how the two conventions handled logistics for the media.
"Things were run a little better in Cleveland," Kravitz said, noting that Cleveland volunteers were more helpful when directing people. She also approved of the media tent.
The Wells Fargo Arena in Philly is so isolated that it takes shuttles, golf carts and lots of walking to get where you need to be, she said.
Kraviz noticed that the Wells Fargo was getting crowded on Monday, which was worrisome, since more delegates were expected later in the week.
"There are more delegates here [than in Cleveland]," she said.
Emiliano Bos, U.S. correspondent for Swiss Public Broadcasting
At the RNC, speakers put forth a dark and scary idea of America's future. Here, Bos hopes to hear new ideas about how to solve problems, not about a United States on the edge of disaster.
"I'm here for the narrative, for the idea of America. I'm here to observe," Bos said.
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