The Reporter's War

by MickLamb on March 27, 2017 - 9:16pm

In the past years, the news world has changed a lot. Journalists have lost their control on the information. Now, with Internet, everybody can share everything. It especially true when a conflict appears: a lot of real fake reporters went to show the blood to the world. Nevertheless, the role of the war correspondent is more important than ever, but it comes now with two major kinds of needs: on the ground and with the media.

Real Journalism

First of all, everybody can not become a journalist. In war zones, there are two categories of reporters. A minority of them are professional journalists. They are sent by newspapers or T.V channel and paid on a regularly base. The other category is the freelancers, it is the majority of reporters on the ground. They can do a great job, but the media pay them only for the articles they buy.

Safe Place

Secondly, both of them have the same needs on the ground. The first step is to have a place to stay. Normally, professional journalists know where they will rest. Everything is organized by their employer. Freelancers should organize their ‘’trip’. There are a shocking story published on Vice News (How I went to Syria to become a journalist) about a young men who travelled to Syria to become a journalist without really know where he would stay. He finished with a troop of soldiers of the Free Syrian Army trained to die as a martyre. The freelancer save his life, but it is clear that war zones comes with dangers, even for foreigners.


The Tools

The second step is to have the tools needed. The most important is the language. English is spoken around the world, but not by everybody in the world. Sadly, a lot of current conflicts are in Arabic countries and Arab (particularly the one speak in Syria and Iraq) is particularly hard to learn. Professional journalists work with interpreters, but on the other side, freelancers do not have the money to hire someone else. Many of them start their career without being able to speak properly.


To be Published

The third step is maybe to most important. It is a good start to write great articles, but they have to be published. For journalists, it works in the usual ways, but it is much more complicated for freelancers. A lot of them take arrangement with some newspapers : freelancer send their texts to the newspapers or the press agency and the editorial team decides if the article is purchased or not. 


The way how the war journalism subject is present in the introduction is great, it caught my attention. The subject is divided in four complete section and they respect their title. The content is well explained and we clearly understand the difficulties in the process of war journalism. A small conclusion to resume the main points and to add an opening will be a great end to this article.

Your article is interesting and divided in clear sections. You could add a more complete conclusion. But in general you did a good job ! I liked to learn about war journalism.

I found it interesting to know about the different types of journalists. You have put a photo as a visual support to illustrate your content. The text is well-organised to expalin the different points. It can be easily understood. However, a conclusion is missing, Otherwise, it is was clear and simple.

I though your text was well-organized due to your subtitles illustrating your steps and your ideas. I liked the visual support, it is clearly showing the danger that War Reporters have to often face. It is easy to understand the main message of your whole text, because your introduction is simple and easy to read. On the other hand, a conclusion would have been necessary to remember the main points of your text. In general, it was an interesting text!

About the author

Mickael Henri Lambert is born in Orford, Eastern Townships, in 1997. He chose International High School diploma (International baccalaureate) in 2010. He find his way in the journalism option of his high school in 2012.