September 8th, 2017 • 2017: Anaheim
Do’s and Don’ts for covering news in a dangerous situation
Whether you are covering a forest fire, a protest, a hurricane, or an earthquake, reporters can find themselves in dangerous situations. It’s a reality news crews, or journalists alone on assignment could face on assignment, and was the focus of a session Friday ““News Safety and Stress for Journalists: An Open Discussion” at the Excellence at Journalism Conference 2017 in Anaheim, California.
A video journalist shocked a room full of colleagues by saying that he only shoots news packages on his IPhone by himself. It certainly inspired Javi Perez, a Digital Content Producer from San Antonio, Texas. “It’s interesting that not more people know about it, this is part of the revolution!” he said.
Drone operators, amateurs and news organizations are under stress to report news and exercise their first amendment rights while adhering to the law amid complaints from the public and police while covering disasters.