The people taking part in the Occupy Wall Street protests have seen coverage of their live-in take off in recent days. Poynter.org has a tally of which outlets have covered it and how much. The post notes The Atlantic Wire’s interesting story about how the media has covered the protest by noting the non-coverage of it.
The uproar and ensuing investigation over one officer’s use of pepper spray on calm female protesters has now made headlines around the world. And a celebrity appearance will always get media attention; Susan Sarandon is supporting the effort and documentarian/author Michael Moore made an appearance earlier this week.
But journalists note that the slow build-up of coverage is, in part, a reflection of a major shortcoming of the Occupy Wall Street campaign (and any campaign that hopes to get media coverage): a lack of a clear goal.