How to report more meaningful stories about Occupy Wall Street protests

In a recent column, Reuter’s Jack Shafer said he’s long thought that demonstrations are over-covered and that Occupy Wall Street stories are “clotting the news.”

Columbia University’s Todd Gitlin also criticized the coverage, saying that (with some exceptions), the media have focused on the outcasts, framed the movement as a crime story and deferred to authorities while doubting the legitimacy of the protesters.

Occupy Wall Street is difficult to cover, in part because there’s not a leading organizer who can talk authoritatively about the movement. So, how do you overcome this challenge and cover the protests in a way that will add meaning to the news cycle rather than clotting it? And what should you keep in mind while you’re covering social movements?

Shafer and Gitlin addressed these questions and shared related thoughts in a live chat today. You can read what they had to say here:

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    Its a difficult task but I want to ask one question that will they really occupy wall street? 

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks to Mallory for using my comment.  Please direct Jack and Todd to this link, which helps explain why I believe Occupy Wall Street was devised as a psyop, a “honeypot” to ferret out the “dissidents” so they can be targeted and thrown into the U.S. government’s fusion center- based extrajudicial persecution matrix:

    http://nowpublic.com/world/thugocracy-u-s-fed-police-vigilantes-persecute-citizen-targets

    If link is inoperative, please see links above bio at NowPublic.com/scrivener