Journalists at big events: There for entertainment, or just doing their job?
Last week, more than 15,000 journalists from around the world traveled to the U.S. city of Denver, Colorado, to cover the four-day U.S. Democratic National Convention.
In an article in the Columbia Journalism Review, managing Web editor Justin Peters criticized the media for dispatching so many reporters to Denver, suggesting only a small number of journalists did essential reporting.
Most, he said, were there for the entertainment value, or as journalist Megan Garber documented, to take part in activities such as a visit to a media-funded Zen-like spa with gourmet food and yoga.
Yet, in a separate article, CJR assistant editor Jane Kim applauded the large media presence, saying such a presence leads to variety in the newsgathering process.
What do you think? Should media outlets dispatch their own reporters to important national and political events, or simply and cost-effectively rely on news wires?