Personal Reflection on the Death of Two Journalists on Live Television in Virginia

I11885268_10153329527463145_6675261793507203702_n‘m going to be really biased but this is how we should remember these two journalists and not by sharing their last moments on this earth from the perspective of the shooter. If you’ve seen the video, I urge you don’t share. Don’t even bother watching.  Leave it to us to tell you. I want to spare you that pain. What if it was your loved one?  Day in and day out many of my friends and industry colleagues work hard to produce and deliver the news for print, radio, tv and online.

We ask the tough questions. We listen and share stories from the heartland of America, to the the war zone abroad, and unforeseen events. Some folks respect us for it; some do not. We do this because we are historians.

As a friend of mine in Charlotte, NC said

“TV News is a pretty close-knit family especially on the local level. We lost two family members today, though many of us didn’t know them personally…..we really do know them.” — Frank Rosenquist, Charlotte NC

 

I agree with Frank. We know them because we have all shared similar experiences out in the field or in the newsroom covering stories. Even if you are a competitor, you are my people. Every media organization is somber today. Could have easily been anyone including me but why these two? We will never really know. Lots of info now coming out about the individual who is responsible for this. The whole story saddens me. People shouldn’t have to worry whether we are going to get shot on assignment especially here. If this guy he had issues why didn’t he get professional help? They were out there just doing their jobs on a feature story…a feel good story. Thoughts and prayers to WDBJ-TV and the souls families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward who REALLY knew them.

 

They were doing their jobs. That’s all. Every newsroom in this country is shaken to its’ core. Bringing viewers pictures & interviews from our communities is what we do. We ask for your trust through our reporting everyday, and we do our jobs everyday trusting the public, too. Our jobs are done where you live and work; on avenues and side streets, in front of churches, and corporate skyscrapers. You can find us in parks, parking lots, and on piers, too. I’m afraid a line has been crossed and my colleagues – rookie and veteran, big market and small – will feel a little less trustful of our public, everyday. It’s a sad day. 24-year old reporter Alison Parker and 27-year old Adam Ward, were just doing their jobs. — Jovita Moore WSB-TV Atlanta, GA



Rony Camille is a Digital Producer based in the Boston area. Follow him on Twitter @ronycamille.
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