Dean Lee Kamlet wonders whether news organizations are spending their limited resources wisely covering the expected royal birth

Anticipation is high surrounding the impending delivery of the royal baby and media coverage is heating up as a result.

kamletLee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University and a former ABC News executive, is available to comment.

“By any definition, the birth of a prince or princess who is a potential heir to the British throne is news,” said Kamlet.  “It’s something that Americans are interested in if for no other reasons than our historical, cultural and social connections to the British.  And during the summer, it’s the kind of news that doesn’t take a lot of vacation energy to digest.”

“That said, I wonder whether news organizations are spending their limited resources wisely.  The cost of keeping camera crews, producers and correspondents has been piling up into the thousands of dollars, perhaps into the hundreds of thousands depending on what resources have been deployed.  Wouldn’t we be better served if that money was spent on more serious journalism? One has to wonder what stories are not being covered, or covered the way they should be, because reporters, producers and photographers–be it for broadcast, print or online–have been deployed to stand outside a hospital hoping to get pictures and sound of an event they were never going to get anyway.”

To speak to Kamlet, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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