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Chile Mine Rescue: Twitter questions if too many reporters

Chile Mine Rescue: Twitter questions if too many reporters

All over the world people have been following the news of the Chile mine rescue and the wonderful news today was that all 33 of the trapped Chilean miners have now been freed. This has been a huge story worldwide and yesterday we told how media across the world and online have responded to the story, and also posted an article about celebrities tweeting about the events unfolding.

However today an article over on Lost Remote by Steve Safran has made us stop and think and it points out that maybe the amount of reporters at the scene of the rescue was out-of-proportion to the event. I’d like to say at this point that this is to take nothing away from the miraculous rescue and the safe wellbeing of the miners and their families, but merely pointing out that maybe as estimated 1,300 and 1,700 reporters actually at the scene was a bit over the top.

It seems that the staggering amounts of journalists at the mine rescue has set people all a-flutter on Twitter with one tweet from rockpiggery saying, “There’s about 1700 journalists hanging around covering the Chile mine rescue – wouldn’t 6 dudes from Reuters suffice?” Another from Ashan reads, “1300 journalists covering up that single event (neglecting other important events) is a complete failure of journalism IMO.”

Jeremy Littau, a blogger, makes a valid point when he asks why the earthquake in Chile 8 months previously, did not attract so much media attention and comes to the conclusion that it’s because the miners’ story provides more human interest. The article on Lost Remote concludes by pointing out that this event was so huge media wise because the coverage could be planned which seems a fair observation. After all as Safran says, if the men had died when the mine collapsed initially there might hardly have been a mention.

For more on this go to We’d like to know if you thought the amount of media coverage of this was overkill, or maybe you think it’s such an inspiring story that every last moment of coverage was valid? We’d welcome your thoughts about this so please do send in your comments.

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  1. Interesting point about the presence of journalist. I never thought about that. There could've been so many other things happening at the time of the mine rescue and we may never know about it.

  2. Thanks for the shoutout. We appreciate your readership of Lost Remote. -Steve Safran, Editor

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