There are bigger issues here than just, "well, we had to go somewhere else to see the pictures," folks. It's more along the lines of "why did this happen in the first place, and what can be done to prevent it from happening again?"
Do we really need all this redundant coverage from every single web site? Seems to me to be a waste of time and resources. GH had fantastic photos of every Star Wars thing you'd want to see at Toy Fair. And RS had those wonderful photos of... uh.. SpongeBob. Sure, it'd be wonderful if there were equally nice photos here, but I think it'd be even nicer if JD had some nice, exclusive coverage of something we didn't see in 6 other places.
I guess I'm just looking at it from a newspaper industry perspective. Every single newspaper doesn't send people to the White House to cover press conferences - they get their coverage from the AP, and they focus on local coverage. Since JD has a good relationship (outside the forums) with other SW sites, it'd seem to me to be much more efficient if you'd work together and share photos from events like this.
I mean, if a guy on the staff wants the free press pass and wants to walk around a convention, have at it. But if it's too expensive or not feasible to make it to a big event, I don't think you guys should kill yourselves over it to make it there. These web sites are all free, so you really have no obligation to anybody to provide exclusive coverage of every event. Hell, http://CreatureCantina.com hasn't sent anybody anywhere since I scored that free press pass to Wizard World Philly last year.