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Gary Graham: Journalists’ jobs often mean risk

This past week has not been an easy one for journalists.


A video journalist working for the Associated Press and his freelance interpreter were killed in an explosion at an ordnance dump in the Gaza Strip.

Alissa Rubin, a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and a former colleague of mine, received a concussion and two broken wrists in a helicopter crash in northern Iraq. The pilot was killed.

Two journalists covering protests in suburban St. Louis were roughed up and taken into police custody. Both were reporting on chaos in the streets that was prompted by a police officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed man.

Carlos Cervantes, an investigative reporter in Colombia who has long focused on local corruption, was shot to death only weeks after the government had removed his protective detail. Gary Graham, SR. More here.

In this age of tweets, blogs, talking heads and social media “reporters,” do you think most folks know what real journalism and its worth is?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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