As deals roll in, rescued miners keep media silence

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  • October 14, 2010

By Ingrid Bachmann

The tragedy that trapped 33 miners and their emotional rescue – followed by nearly one billion people worldwide– continues to draw coverage, even as the miners and their families stay away from the press, Reuters reports.

According to ABC, plenty of offers are already on the table for paid exclusive interviews and book and movie deals.

A Chilean company has already created a rescue-inspired videogame, and journalists from the Guardian and The New York Times are each hoping to write books about the miners and the rescue, Mediabistro and Time explain. Some are speculating Javier Barden could star in the film version, and there is already an outline for a West Virginia coal miner-related reality TV show that some feel is inspired by the incident.

The miners appear to be in good health as the eyes of the world stay on them. According to Time, one miner told a reporter : “The only thing I ask, personally, is that you please not treat us like celebrities. ... I want to continue being treated like Mario Antonio Sepulveda Espinace, the worker, the miner.

Note from the editor: This story was originally published by the Knight Center’s blog Journalism in the Americas, the predecessor of LatAm Journalism Review.