I have little doubt that missteps like my own occur in Afghanistan — as they must everywhere, with greater or lesser consequences — frequently. But to what extent are the missteps understood but overlooked? Does the desire to feed a system that rewards speed and sensationalism impinge on our moral and ethical obligations as journalists?
A lot is made today about allies for a cause, but this idea supposes you can’t be a part of something, only next to it in support. You have to be part of the change you seek. It’s important to think about what we do and the impact it has. Honor your ethics in the moment and beyond, and honor your responsibility to get it right.
…ogy allows us to freeze bullets in the air, and airplanes transport us from peace to war overnight. Both war and the rhythm in which we document it have accelerated, but the impact of war is increasingly felt far beyond the front line. And when speaking with journalists, conflict experts, and civilians about the depiction of war, a common thread emerges: Everyone wants to see more than guns, tanks, soldiers, and bodies.