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Calling Student Bloggers


AP: Media barred from covering Rove speech at prep school. The media have been barred from covering a speech by former presidential adviser Karl Rove to students at a prestigious prep school on Monday.

Please, please, Choate students — blog it. Be the media. Don’t let Rove or your administration get away with this.

(Note: I regret to say, at least right now, that I”m a graduate of this school.)

Update: The school did ultimately allow at least one journalist into the event.

8 Comments on “Calling Student Bloggers”

  1. #1 Seth Finkelstein
    on Feb 11th, 2008 at 1:57 pm

    citizen-suckers to the contrary, it’s not the same thing.

  2. #2 Jon Garfunkel
    on Feb 11th, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    Dan– you most certainly are aware that Choate Rosemary Hall has a student newspaper, are you not?

    From the news article it appears that more students were offended by Rove being invited in the first place.

  3. #3 Dan Gillmor
    on Feb 11th, 2008 at 10:50 pm

    Seth, why not?

    Jon, so what? Will they get to cover it?

  4. #4 Seth Finkelstein
    on Feb 12th, 2008 at 8:17 am

    Because if all that mattered was being there, the newspapers would be filled with first-person accounts (yes, I know blog-marketers say it should be that way, but that’s a sales-pitch, not reality).

    Anyway, this is a school talk, not Davos or a deal-making session. Karl Rove isn’t going to reveal some deep dark secret of major import.

  5. #5 Jon Garfunkel
    on Feb 12th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Dan– here’s what I read in the article: “The prep school… is limiting attendance to students and staff due to space restrictions in the auditorium.”

    They are barring the outside media (non-students) from being present for the speech. Did you read this to mean that there was an effective media blackout of this event?

  6. #6 Dan Gillmor
    on Feb 13th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    Jon, they’d have to get a >85 percent turnout of students and faculty to fill the place. How likely is that? And that’s normal seating, not including the extra seats they could put on the stage itself (often done in these kinds of “conversations” in lots of venues).

    And they’ve never heard of simulcast to overflow rooms?

    Occam’s Razor.

  7. #7 Jon Garfunkel
    on Feb 13th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I suppose we’ve been wasting our time here…
    “The event was closed to the public and most media outlets, but the school granted The Courant’s request to attend.”

    “Rove Reveals All (OK, Some)”, The Courant, February 12, 2008

  8. #8 Jon Garfunkel
    on Feb 13th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Also, did we see an enterprising student blogger produce an artful account of the proceedings which illuminated the public at large?

    Or was the humble press account from the local paper taken and snidely dissed by the HuffPo’s “Political Reporter” Jason Linkins, setting the spin cycle for the rest of the echosphere?

    Do you not see this?