WBUR’s extensive convention coverage has this On Point listener fuming:
I think this is a complete waste of NPR/WBUR resources, and as a station member/contributor, I’m not happy about it.
There was a great discussion about this on (NPR’s) On The Media last Friday with Jack Shafer of Slate, (http://onthemedia.org/transcripts/2008/08/22/01) who also thinks that the conventions do not qualify as genuine news events.
If NPR wants to send ONE reporter, fine. But to set up bureaus there, or for individual stations (e.g., WBUR) to send teams, has no journalistic justification. It’s just spectacle; it’s not news.
His sentiments remind me of a recent post by hyperkinetic blogger Jeff Jarvis who wants old and new media to ditch conventions altogether. (The less extreme Schafer still wants the number of reporters scaled back significantly.)
I Tweeted about this issue today. Your responses have been largely supportive of WBUR, but to give our angry On Point listener his due, bear in mind that this is a zero-sum game to some extent. Money spent on “X” may mean less available for “Y.” So don’t go expecting a bunch of social media hires anytime soon.
Remember: It is you, our listeners, that makes this possible. Do you believe your money is being well spent?
Please respond here or jump into the fray over at the On Point blog.