Friday, March 5, 2010

Journalists Love Journalists

If there's one event that will always be covered in the media, it will be the ones which glorify of their own profession. In Thursday's edition of The GW Hatchet, a story was reported on an event at the Elliott School of International Affairs which occurred Monday night. Three war correspondents from major newspapers (two from the Washington Post, one form the New York Times) described the difficulty of reporting from war zones.

During the period of time between editions of the Hatchet, Monday to Wednesday, six Elliott School-sponsored events occured:

1. Workers Without Borders? Culture, Migration, and the Political Limits to Globalization

3. Film: God Grew Tired of Us

4. Invisible Children: Film and Discussion of the Conflict in Northern Uganda

5. Forecasting and Tracking Precursors to Violence in Abkhazia, South Ossetia, and the North Caucasus: What We Knew, When We Knew It, and Why It Matters

Not to mention that there were many other events at other schools within GW. Of all of these events, the Hatchet covered only two, the talk with the Iraqi Ambassador and the talk with the war correspondents. It is understandable to cover the talk with Ambassador Sumaida'ie, as it is not every day that Ambassadors speak here. But there were four other events to cover, and the Hatchet just happens to choose the one about journalists. The article did not even make the top 10 Most Popular articles, so it is apparent that nobody cares. We all know they love to write about themselves, but maybe if they spent a little more time covering other important events and less time glorifying their profession, we might actually take their publication seriously.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Do you really think those other events would have made it to the top 10 most popular?