From The New York Times: The Inner Workings of Wartime Photographers


This quote stood out for me, from Bill Keller, executive editor of NYT.:

An altogether different moral dilemma falls to me, and it has cost me some sleep at times: What is the obligation of those who send journalists to war? We pay these people to risk their lives. (The day rate for combat is double the rate for less dangerous work.) We put them up for prizes. We are literally their enablers. When someone gets hurt, is it my fault for encouraging them to take chances?

Here is the article.  Great piece.  Not too often the most telling and revealing bits are saved for the very end paragraphs:

My general sense of the employer’s responsibility is this: We have an obligation to provide the equipment and training, to make clear that we do not consider any story or picture worth a life and, if they get in trouble, to do everything in our power to get them out. But they are there. We are not. We should hesitate to second-guess decisions they make on the ground. (They do enough of that themselves.)

I originally found the link to this from Gizmodo, here.

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