Why We Go Into The Wind

And how to do it safely

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  1. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, some claimed that journalists won't go "into the wind," but a litany of images from Houston show the lengths journalists will go to keep communities informed and safe.
  2. Irma was different. Early orders to evacuate vulnerable areas of Florida meant fewer dramatic rescues caught on air, but journalists again went into the wind to show the hurricane's power.
  3. This time, they faced concern and complaints about appearing live in the midst of a dangerous storm.
  4. When even emergency personnel put a hold on their efforts, journalists rode out the storm.
  5. Seemingly dangerous live shots of reporters battered by wind and water has left viewers shocked and wondering why on-air teams and their crews put their own safety at risk.
  6. Experienced veteran journalists maintain that the only way to impress upon the public just how dangerous a hurricane can be is to show, not just tell.
  7. Responsible journalism means impressing upon audiences the need to take precautions in extremely threatening situations, and it also means taking precautions for themselves. Often, journalists' safety measures aren't visible to audiences.
  8. And journalists can do a much better job explaining to concerned audiences their own safety plans.
  9. Because safety does come first for News Directors and teams in the field.

  10. That means having a safe place to retreat to should a journalist feel in danger....
  11. ....safety tethers for people and equipment....
  12. ....or helmets to protect from debris.
  13. Responsible journalists have been training for and covering hurricanes for years.
  14. Reporters hang on for dear life in Hurricane Sandy
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