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journalism is about bite sized snippets now, no-one cares for longer more researched reports. same for war journalism.
shows like panorama and shit highlight long-period journalism. And that recent thing the BBC did having a guy pose as an immigrant.
and news agencies. The large national companies are increasingly becoming targets and are afraid to send correspondents in.
but yeah, if you look at that BBC guy currently being held, it's easy to see their POV that sending someone else in is hazardous, even more so than it is.
plus there is greater access to equipment and trained local cameramen now.
i find war journalism fascinating. it's such a incredibly brave yet ludicrously invasive thing to do. i think i saw that documentary about james natchway that wishpig was talking about ages ago. was it on tv again?
i have a lot of respect for people like natchway, don mccullin, and robert capa. if you can, read my war gone by, i miss it so by anthony loyd. it's amazing.
sorry that doesn't answer your question at all does it?
but after? really. it's great. it'll make you want to become a junkie and then go to a war-torn country and chance your luck at becoming a war correspondent. kind of.
i did find out today that one of my former workmates is now working as a war hack for the beeb and reuters in africa. hardcore.
I just wrote a 3000 word essay on this. Like, two days ago. Although it was focusing more on the changing face of technology involved in the area and how it has brought about change
In conclusion: Change
i am concluding a continuum of change
I did mine from Vietnam through to the current Gulf conflict. I spoke quite a bit about censorship, 24 hour news and a new accessibility to differing viewpoints, such as Al Jazeera (to use a blatant example)
im focussing on UK only so i dont have to go into the whole Vietnam thing so i can focus more on the falklands cock ups.
Im pretty much writing this essay as
"it is perhaps easier to view journalism in wartime not as war but as censorship journalism"
Continue with what? Change what?
Did anyone hear John Humpheys acceptance speech for his International Journalist of the Year (or whatever it was) Award this week?
and others do a lot more grafting that goes unnoticed
that a foreign corrspondent is somone who thinks that the most important aspect to a story is the fact that theyve turned up. I think its apt.