Tri States Public Radio Staff
Tue March 8, 2011
Shop Talk - March 8
Macomb, IL – The panelists discuss the dangers journalists sometimes face - even when covering stories in the US.
A photojournalist and reporter in California were attacked outside a restaurant while covering an impromptu memorial for a murder victim. The photojournalist was pulled to the ground by her hair and kicked in the head.
Also recently, a reporter in Michigan was attacked while reporting on the aftermath of a highway accident. She was attacked while at a towing yard.
The panelists agree that journalists can end up in dangerous situations, whether it be in the Midwest or the Middle East.
The panelists feel reporters should avoid invading people's privacy. People can be especially touchy about funerals.
But the panelists also point out the vast majority of reporters are not paparazzi. They cover such events because of community interest, not because of a desire to intrude. A report on a soldier killed in action provides a way of honoring him/her and letting more people know about his/her service and contributions.