Not only as a journalist, but also as a civilian…I found this article to be fascinating, intelligent and noteworthy.
Having been alive through some of the toughest times the War on Terror has seen, I have second-handedly seen what war/combat can not only do to a soldier but also a civilian. Without photojournalists who are brave and talented enough to go into actual war territory, we as civilians would have no actual knowledge of the real terror taking place within our own country, or overseas.
A program offered to photojournalists like this one is incredible. Every journalist sent to document combat- photo or written, should have to accomplish a program like this, not only for themselves…but also like the author said, for those they could have the possibility to help.
While there are people that disagree with the coverage of combat through photo, I believe if that if more civilians/outsiders were aware of an intense program such as this one…there would be more acceptance of a career such as this one.
I cannot fathom the idea of putting my life on the line, just so I can take pictures of those doing the same thing. However I believe that for the soldiers and commanders who don’t make it home to their families, or come back different from how they left…. they deserve to have their stories documented in something bigger than just words.
This program and opportunity gives people the courage and more importantly the knowledge to successfully capture moments we otherwise would not see.
Just as soldiers have training, journalists deserve to have the same opportunity if they are going to be entering the same battlefield…weaponless. They’re risking just as much to accomplish a similar goal.
Though budget cuts have lessened the number of photojournalists traveling overseas…like presented in the story, a number of learning opportunities are presented in this program to provide a real and accurate view of what it is like to get the real and raw picture.
The attached link is a breakdown of the involvement and importance of journalists as a whole in the war zone, and how crucial their involvement truly is.