WDBJ reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward became the 31st and 32nd journalist murdered this year while doing their jobs.
They were on the air doing a routine morning show assignment on tourism. They weren’t on a foreign battlefield or similar dangerous place journalists around the globe report from daily, but today’s news underscores that it isn’t just war correspondents who find themselves in danger these days.
The Committee to Protect Journalists provides this list of journalists killed in 2015:
But look at where these killings happened:
Now you can add rural Moneta, Virginia to that list.
The public nature of the shooting raises several questions about the ethics of including graphic images of the incident in news stories and television broadcasts. Read more