Is the risk greater than the reward?
On the morning of Aug. 26, report Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were killed on live television.
I briefly heard about this when leaving class one day and honestly thought nothing of it. When I arrived in the newsroom, I jumped on Facebook and started reading what happened.
"Why would someone do this to innocent people? What did they do to deserve this?" was my initial reaction, along with numerous other questions.
This event made me rethink my whole career path. "Why would I want to be involved in something that has the potential to be so dangerous?" crossed my mind several times as well. There is a big risk that comes with being a journalist. Some risk their reputation for a story, some risk their jobs and some risk everything to do a job so many people do not necessarily consider dangerous.
Parker and Ward were just doing what they love when they were shot and killed. It is a risk journalists will have to take.
Is the risk greater than the reward? The reward is informing the public about the errors as well as the joys of everyday life. The reward is giving the information that viewers and readers crave.