Saturday, June 26, 2010

Covering the world leaders from 200 kms away

The Star's Oakland Ross takes the pulse of reporters covering the G20:

"Venerable CBC television anchor Don Newman remembers a time when journalists covering international summit meetings actually came within shouting distance of the world leaders they were covering, not to mention the protesters.

“We were right next to the demonstrators,” he said Friday, recalling coverage of the 2001 Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. “I’d be on the air, and you could smell the tear gas coming in through the windows.”

"Times have changed.

"Most of the more than 2,000 Canadian and international journalists reporting on Friday’s G8 summit in Muskoka came no closer than 200 km and a live video feed of the talks they were charged with covering. . . ."

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