It takes great skill to turn a block of marble into something that will stand of for a long time, that others of less skill will look on with awe. It also takes a person of skill to take words and turn them into something to last through the ages. Of the thousands of books so printed very few out last their authors. In today's world many people of very less skill tried to put forth words that can show what they feel about any thing, let alone words that bring tears to my eyes.

We can look about the tragic taking of life that seems to be so common in war zones of reporters who just seek to make a living by informing the world of what they see, hear, smell and taste. It really starts to hit home when reporters are killed in the offices by those who seek to disagree with what they write.

The latest is Annapolis Capital Gazette Newspaper what only a few years ago would have a disgruntle reader, would have flood the newspaper office with letters, now is anyone with a computer can forward thousands of hateful e-mails within seconds against the reporters, editors or the building itself.

There is a video put out by the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. called "Trolling the News: Protecting Journalists From Online Harassment".

It deals when a reporter writes about just about any subject that they will be praise on one hand and subjected to Hell of the other. With the Internet those who dislike what ever you write will go after you as if your running for public office. It becomes worst when you happen to be a woman. Death threats are common as people walking up to you on the street and many times spitting in your face either with foul words or shaking their fists.

It becomes worst when your family members can also become the target, everything that can be found on the net becomes weapons against you and those who you work with.

Today's world for a journalist is either simple to gather news or just right scary to be seen gathering news. It is nice that there are so many people that have cell phones that you can blend in. Your cell looks just like anyone else's cell who will just take a few shots, seconds of video and up load to ever news outlet that is known.

Only a fool will carry a Nikon in a protest or try for an interview with a big mic and lights. Being a MOJO is so common that news agencies will accept stringers. With today's technology the agencies expect that the image will be good, sound is decent, the clip has been pre edited and ready to be shown live. Voice is optional since the station announcers will fill in the description of what is being seen. That is what they get paid for.

One way not to be a target to use a pen name or that funny photo not unlike others on Face book. That way you can safely eat at your local greasy spoon with out being pointed at.

War zones like Syria has taught stringers not to stand out, not to upload from the same spot more than once and keep a very low profile since all sides will rather kill you then become 6 o'clock news.

Think about wearing clothing that might blend in, but keep your torso from being damage. Wearing a odd hard hat if you move with the crowd of protesters expect that it could go from voicing a loud opinion to being pepper spray, tear gas, and worst when some one throws rocks instead of words.

Be like the old days when most news reporters had a columned may on rare occasions a picture was seen, but reported on news, but was not part of the news.

july 18 2018