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Media Musings Blog Archive Covering conflict It the duty of journalists to bare witness to those killed by the Government on our behalf.
Conflict is a constant source of news, and in the past few weeks Australians have seen a huge amount of coverage on overseas conflict. Violent clashes in Libya and Syria aren only screening on public broadcaster ABC, or the internationally focussed SBS, but have made it to some local papers. Coverage of the Japanese tsunami was constantly rolling, but did we need to see it all? (Photo: Ysris) But when does covering conflict become voyeristic? Last night I attended a forum on covering conflict overseas. Young journalist of the year, Sophie McNiell and multi award winning journo, Thom Cookes were the speakers. Both spoke of the duty of journalists to bare witness to those killed by the Government on our behalf. And so, louis vuitton shoes discount they defended coverage of wars where Australian troops are involved, like in Afghanistan. They also gave some outstanding examples of investigative war reporting, including this SBS broadcast story by McNiell, which won her a Walkley Award in 2010. But when an audience question popped up about how far McNiell and Cookes were willing and able to go, there was some hesitation. When the conflict is people vs nature, some journalists just won go there, Cookes said. He, personally, louis vuitton on amazon would feel uncomfortable documenting events like the Japan earthquake and tsunami. When he was asked by his editor to cover the Victorian bushfires in the burning summer of 2009, he refused. His family had been directly impacted, admittedly. But he says he still feels that hesitation around many natural disasters. He fears the thin line, where horror events, screaming people, wreckage in the street, becomes nightly entertainment. Take this example, documented by Media Watch in February. A woman, minutes after being pulled from the remains of a collapsed building is filmed by a camera crew. She shouts, away and the camera man responds by panning away from her face. Yet, this image was re broadcast, across the globe, too many times to count. It only one example, but it reminds journalists that reporting is a sensitive job, one that demands journalists pay attention to their sources and don get lost in the desire for a story. But I would go further and say that just maybe here, that camera belonged on the floor. Some christian louboutin cyclists giuseppe louis vuitton shoes size 8 zanotti broke louis vuitton away north face but nike shoes were timberland outlet met ugg boots by vans shoes riot nike shoes police. Police coach bags outlet arrested pandora charms four nike outlet people cheap true religion after ray ban sunglasses witnesses hollister clothing store saw the north face outlet two ray ban of tiffany and co them burberry outlet online emerge chanel bags from burberry a louboutin shoes manhole jimmy choo shoes near uggs the michael kors summit thomas sabo uk security lululemon canada zone insanity workout calendar in instyler ionic styler the michael kors canada wee michael kors outlet online hours uggs outlet of prada Sunday hollister morning. A swarovski online shop spokeswoman abercrombie and fitch for uggs outlet the ralph lauren uk Integrated louis vuitton outlet Security calvin klein underwear Unit asics gel said discount shoes the true religion jeans outlet safety nike free of burberry outlet online international nike store leaders pandora charms at nike free trainer 5.
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