Still, there will be plenty to cover at the multi-ring circus, from negotiations in the main tent to myriad sideshow demonstrations. Editors and publishers who think that their coverage plan may be a little light would do well to check out The Copenhagen Connection and think about adding whatever freelance work they can.

Curtis Brainard is the editor of The Observatory, CJR's online critique of science and environment reporting. Follow him on Twitter @cbrainard.