Reporting from Margaritaville

Valarie D'EliaThe Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority recently held its first "fam," or familiarization tour, of the year, "wooing about 35 meeting and event planners, people in the tourism business, travel journalists and their guests." Included in the junket were "pina coladas and a lobster dinner overlooking Gardner's Basin ... and tickets to see Jimmy Buffett. Free." One of the travel journalists attending was Valarie D'Elia, who the Center for Media and Democracy earlier documented airing a video news release. "As she waited in Boardwalk Hall for the Jimmy Buffett concert to start," D'Elia explained that "the real work occurs when reporters do work on their own." She's filming "a 'Today' show segment ... on boardwalks, highlighting Atlantic City's," and "a separate piece for NY1 News on new developments here."