By now you’ve all seen the news headlines of Virginia reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward being shot to death on live television. If you haven’t, you can click here for the full story.
I woke up at 6:45am today to my Twitter going crazy over this news and for the past 5 hours I have not been able to shake off this feeling. How the hell can two innocent people go down just because a disgruntled ex-employee decided so? And more over, why should people have to watch it happen live!?
This could have been anyone I know that is currently working as a journalist or reporter. This could have been me. And knowing that sends a chill down my spine deep into my bones.
When I was at USC my college professors told me I would have to move away somewhere and report hard news as early as 2 or 3 in the morning. They told me to get my mind right, get tougher skin and prepare for the journey ahead because it was sure to be a long one. While I quickly realized that would not be the life for me, tons of my friends went that route. Day after day they wake up and go beyond just getting a headline story. They work tirelessly and at odd hours because their passion for their work overrides anything else. It’s not an easy job and these budding journalists with big dreams are often underpaid and under-appreciated.
Does this now become a question of gun control or mental illness?
What happens now?
Every time one of us steps out to report on a story, are we continuously going to worry that something may happen?
So many questions and I’m afraid we might not get all the answers.
The suspected gunman has reportedly died of self-inflicted gunshot wounds just 7 hours after the shooting.
My heart hurts and goes out to the families, news station, and to anyone with a loved one working in news who will now worry if the same thing will happen again.
To my fellow journalists and reporters: STAY SAFE. Remember that safety needs to come before story and always keep your eyes open.
All my love,