Published on March 24, 2008
Covering Conflict: Covering Conflict RTV 310 My Summer 06 Part 1: My Summer 06 Part 1 My Summer 06 Part 2: My Summer 06 Part 2 Here’s what you know!: Here’s what you know! Independence 1943 First War 1958 Second War 1975 Peace 1990 – Now Conflict 1996 Conflict 2000 Conflict 2006 Here’s what’s on the news!: Here’s what’s on the news! Israel bombed Beirut's airport early today and sent troops and tanks deep into Lebanon after guerrillas from the Shiite Muslim group Hezbollah seized two Israeli soldiers and killed eight others in a meticulously planned border raid. Los Angeles Times July 13, 2006 The battle between Israel and Hezbollah dramatically escalated Thursday as Israeli warplanes and ships blasted Beirut's airport and hundreds of targets in Lebanon and guerrilla rockets hit Israel's third largest city. Lebanon pleaded for a ceasefire as 57 people were killed. Associated Press. July 13, 2006 Here’s what you’ve heard!: Here’s what you’ve heard! Hezbollah usually runs daily press tours, making sure reporters and photographers see the worse that Israel has inflicted -- killing civilians, etc. -- in order to slate the coverage. On the Israeli side journalists are rarely permitted access to fighting, but they are relatively free to cover civilian targets and casualties. Some are even called in for questioning which delays their movement. So are you ready?: So are you ready? The old "parachute them in" philosophy. Before going to a conflict zone: : Before going to a conflict zone: Get experience working in high-pressure environments. good judgment (ability to write quickly while making sense) --- Al Jazeera Reporter. good intuition about situations field experience Get training. Remain unarmed in conflict situations Personal safety training before venturing into dangerous areas. ---- (Nick Robertson) Before going to a conflict zone:: Before going to a conflict zone: Wait before going into a conflict situation. being the first person at the most dangerous place VS finding the best analysis or angle through different sources, Get Specific INFORMATION about the region: Reading books, Old newspapers and magazine files, Telephone conversations with a few journalists. Secure a satellite telephone or other independent access to communication. get stories out quickly and without the threat of censorship from various parties in the conflict area. (MBC crew) Buy insurance and a body armor. Remember anything can happen: Remember anything can happen Even you are a producer you can be on air CNN Producer on his work Keep your sense of humor Carl Penhaul: Stylin' it Once you’re in a conflict zone: : Once you’re in a conflict zone: Be careful - and use your common sense. No story is worth it In the event that a journalist is threatened You try to engage people in reasoned discussion Get out on the ground. Be on the ground whenever possible to see events firsthand in order to get honest and original angles on their coverage. Know your fixers… you depend on them to help making contacts, conduct interviews, gain cultural context. Once you’re in a conflict zone:: Once you’re in a conflict zone: Travel in groups. War reporters stick together, for good reason: Safety FIRST. The competition edge is dropped Team up with other reporters to cross-report and verify information. You can only get one angle of the story. You can receive valuable tips You need to depend on the people running the desk. Work with non-governmental organizations. international organizations and other neutral observers are often invaluable sources of information.