Friday, March 06, 2009

I missed this, but I'm glad I can link to it:

Turn on C-SPAN2 tonight at 7 p.m. (EST) and watch 2005 Ochberg Fellow Mike Walter's documentary "Breaking News, Breaking Down."

The film grew out of a 2007 Dart Society project called Target: New Orleans that sent reporters to the Gulf Coast to lend a hand in post-Katrina reconstruction. The film interweaves this trip with reporters speaking candidly about the hardest stories they've covered and how, as Walter says, "breaking news can break you down."

Mike Walter's Breaking News, Breaking Down clip on New Orleans starts at 53 minutes into the Close Up Foundation's program on Breaking News. The rest of the Close Up program is all about the effects reporting about traumatic events can have on the reporters.

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