By Chris Carl, RTDNA Chairman
One thing I loved about being a general assignment reporter was that every day was different. One day I’d be covering a press conference, the next day a fire, the next day I was at the courthouse for a hearing. I’d wake up not knowing what the day would hold.
I would imagine reporters Adam Ladwig and Claire Metz had no idea what their recent days would hold.
Adam is a reporter for WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks, ND who was attacked while working on a story.
Claire is a reporter for WESH-TV in Orlando, FL who had a gun pointed at her head while working on a story.
I was disappointed to read over the summer that the public doesn’t have much respect for journalists, at least according to one survey. Obviously I’m disappointed because I work in the journalism profession, but also because I know how hard journalists work, sometimes in the face of danger. Everyone is quick to thank first responders who are called to emergencies, but they don’t think to include the journalists who are documenting those efforts, not to mention the journalists who are working in war zones and other unstable environments, like those currently in Illinois covering last weekend’s devastating tornadoes.
RTDNA stands in support of those journalists and all who are facing adversity, and we thank them for their dedication.
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