Lacy MacAuley

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the delicate art of activist PR

Reporters scrambled at the G20 to cover the flashiest subjects, leaving the substance on the pavement.

Reporters scrambled at the G20 to cover the flashiest subjects, leaving the substance on the pavement.

At the demonstrations in opposition to the G20, news crews were scrambling to cover the story in a way that would be memorable. Standing in the midst of scurrying cameramen, feisty activists, and everyday folks who had just turned up to see what all the fuss was about, I got suddenly reflective: Sometimes we news hounds can be great at detecting out a story. Other times we are just skirt-chasers looking for the flashiest lead.

When we follow what is most graphic and fun, we leave a lot of substance lying on the pavement under our feet. What was missing in most of the G20 coverage was why people were protesting in the first place. Next time, I hope we can do better.

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