How Anthony Shadid and Marie Colvin got their stories

"Even in brief conversations, these two journalists forcefully drove home their message: The human condition was a sacred beat. When Shadid drove into an Iraqi village, he went straight to the barber shop or the local mosque. 'You can find out everything there if they trust you,' he said. Colvin traveled with Chechen rebels, sleeping in caves with bags of grenades for a pillow. 'You eat what they eat, you drink what they drink, you never act like you are above them,' she said."

Earlier: Injured journalists in Syria plead for help; David Carr and Timothy Phelps on war reporting

Correction: An earlier version of this post misidentified Timothy Phelps.