Reporting Disasters : journalism minders in Libya Reply

As the Libyan civil war hotted up, reporters crossed the border into danger, to get the story.

When they did so, Shaun Filer was there to try to keep them safe.

Some journalists believed that if you got one step closer to the fighting, the more chance you had of getting the big story, Filer said. “In many cases it was the photo journalists… who needed to get really close to get that image,” he said. “It’s not like text [reporting] or doing a piece to camera, the photo journalists needed to go forward”. While Filer was in Libya, a photo journalist was shot near the front lines. More…

Reporting Disasters : the veteran journalist 4

Journalists should avoid going into disaster zones, “boots and all with cameras rolling”, according to veteran reporter, Paul Lockyer.

Lockyer this year choppered into the Queensland town of Grantham, just after it had been devastated by an “inland tsunami” which swept away whole families trying to shelter in their houses. More than thirty people were initially thought to have died, a high figure for Australia where natural disasters might cause billions of dollars damage but result in relatively few deaths.

Paul Lockyer, 61, has been a journalist since 1969. A former foreign correspondent, he’s worked in Bangkok, Washington and Singapore. These days he works for  7.30, the ABC current affairs program, reporting on droughts and more recently, floods. More…