Now we can aggregate and curate content feeds and now that all content can be linked to I just do not get why a journalist would spend time rewriting a press release. Just link to it as a primary source of information, yes. But spend time and effort rewording it, no.

There are publishers who pay their journalists to do this and there are journalists who spend time doing this. It makes no sense.

Just link to the source and if there is a story in it then build it and link back to the release as a source.

How much value is there in a trained journalist rehashing a press release?