On-the-Ground Reporting: Why It Matters

Szabo, Liz; O'Brian, Susan
September 2007
Nieman Reports;Fall2007, Vol. 61 Issue 3, p56
This article presents the author's experience in covering Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a journalist. He explains that it is important for editors and journalists to experience events as they unfold and to have intimate knowledge on how these events impact the people. He says that for journalists to be able to do this they need to have substantial commitment. It emphasizes that seeing things first hand gives journalists a perspective of what the events are, the impact upon the region and how people are coping in the aftermath.


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