- What are CQ Transcripts?
- Tracking the Debates in Real-Time
- Tracking Debates with Alerts
- Setting Alerts
- Customizing Your Alerts
CQ knows how important it is to know exactly what was said during Federal or Congressional events, whether on the Hill or not. That’s why CQ’s coverage of presidential debates is so unique - we provide verbatim, timely coverage of every word spoken during both presidential and vice-presidential debate.
When you want an accurate, non partisan way to see how an event went, without needing to be there in person, CQ Transcripts has your back.
What are CQ Transcripts?
CQ Transcripts are the best way to get verbatim, non-partisan coverage of the Congressional events you care about.
Because all CQ Transcripts are transcribed by hand, (no closed captioning here!), you can be sure the coverage is accurate and reliable.
For the debates, CQ guarantees same-day turnaround for the full transcript with sections posted live as they’re completed.
Tracking the Debates in Real-Time
Transcripts for live events come in as either segmented or complete. Either way, the segments or full transcription are posted as soon as they are available and get added to a single transcript document.
To find debate transcripts as they’re being posted and updated (on the day they occur), head to ‘Research’ → ‘Transcripts,’ then take a look under ‘Scheduled Coverage.’
After the debate has occurred, locate the full transcripts by heading to ‘Browse Transcripts’ → ‘Newsmaker.’
Tracking Debates with Alerts
For each scheduled transcript listed in the Scheduled Coverage section, there is an option to "Alert me when transcript is available."
Click that to receive an email the moment the transcript is available. For live events, like the presidential debates, you'll receive an email notifying you the first segment is available, and then an email after the debate is over with the full transcript.
Setting your own alert for debate transcripts allows you to personalize what you’re alerted on by adding custom keywords, topics, names of organizations and more. Here’s how:
- Navigate to ‘Advanced Search’ and select ‘Newsmaker Transcripts’ under ‘Transcript Sources’ as your source.
- Scroll to the ‘Keyword’ field. Enter the following keywords, with the quotes: “Presidential Debate."
- Click ‘Add new criteria’ in the bottom left hand corner, then click the dropdown.
- Select ‘Transcript Types,’ and then select ‘Special Events.’
- Click search, then click ‘Save as Alert.
Customizing Your Alerts
If you’d like to be alerted when specific topics, issues, organization or policies are mentioned during the debates, you can add keywords to your searches to further specify your alert. Here are some examples:
"Presidential Debate" AND (healthcare OR medicare OR obamacare OR +ACA OR affordable care act)
For Your Org
"Presidential Debate" AND [Name of your org] OR [Abbreviation of your org]
"Presidential Debate" AND (+COVID19 OR +COVID-19 OR coronavirus OR pandemic OR “emergency funding” OR stimulus)
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