Meeting minutes are not only dry, they are specific to the organization and the members who are represented at the meeting. If someone missed the meeting, they might need to review the minutes- but they won’t need any additional explanation, and they probably won’t be intrigued. Event coverage is for everyone, about an event that should not have been missed, by anyone.
These stories required a little extra reporting on the events that lead up to and informed the events themselves. It puts them on a timeline, and in context of cultural relevance. We need to know who the speakers are and who they represent, and why we shouldn’t have missed what they had to say.
These stories are written more like features. The events are special, and they need a little more “why” with the who, where, what, when and how.