"Journalists go and cover where others run for cover," said Professor Herbert Lowe in a 2011 video interview for the Marquette Tribune. As the reporter assigned to cover the unfolding 9/11 tragedy for Newsday, Lowe witnessed firsthand the horrors of that day.
Listening to his statements in an interview and reading his account of the attack was a very moving experience. Yet, of all his comments, I feel the most remarkable was that despite the unimaginable fear and chaos of such an event, Lowe got people to talk.
"The more you talk, the more you recognize you're alive," said Lowe. It seems counterintuitive that people want to talk in such situations, but this reaction holds true in similar cases.
By willingly going into dangerous situations every day, journalists around the world and at home continually remind us of the importance of speaking for those who are silenced. They risk everything to put words to events of unspeakable terror, to help us imagine unbelievable pain and suffering.
"Whenever I hear about how those in the military are sacrificing their freedoms or sacrificing their lives ... I think that sometimes that's propaganda. I mean, journalists have to go into the community every day in this county and tell stories where people don't want them," said Lowe regarding the danger in a journalist's life.
The job is certainly difficult, but it is needed more and more in today's chaotic world. Many have answered the call, and their contribution to the media is irreplaceable. Even today, after his time in the newsroom has ended, Lowe continues to teach young journalists (like myself) the value journalism. Such knowledge truly is priceless.
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