DOI: 10.5176/2301-3710_JMComm13.24

Authors: Denae D'Arcy

More journalists died in the field in 2012 than any other year on record. Because of the troubling numbers, the job of war correspondents is in the spotlight throughout world news as well as the scholarly realm. This study replicates previous research using war correspondents’ autobiographies to examine how journalists cope in traumatic situations and survive while reporting on crisis. Through a textual analysis, research finds that journalists pursue truth in conflict because they feel they have a duty to do so. Remaining brave in the face of danger (an unspoken journalistic code), they compartmentalize fears, sorrow and feelings of horror while working. Reporters also write frequently about the thrill they experience while doing their job, with many referring to covering war with words that relate to addiction.

Keywords: war correspondents, crisis reporting, freelance journalism, war reporting


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