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.
Sherry Ricchiardi, American Journalism Review
Anthony Shadid: Libyan trip that led to kidnapping wasn’t worth the risk
“I don’t think there’s any story worth dying for, but I do think there are stories worth taking risks for. What’s so regrettable to me about Ajdabiya [in Libya, where Shadid and three others were kidnapped in March] was that I didn’t feel like that story was worth taking that risk for, and I was too late in understanding that, and at great cost: the cost of our driver’s life. … Ambition often get in the way of the judgment. But you go and hope you get it right.”
New York Times Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid in a Q&A with Mother Jones' Aaron Ross