This video has frequently generated debate about how far reporters should go in covering severe weather events. In response to being accused of grandstanding, Roker blogged that he was three to four steps away from his hotel room, not on the beach as some had stated. He also noted that he never felt he was in danger and it was a small fall. Yet, this resurfaces every year during hurricane season. I think this is a good reminder that journalists do need to talk about the balance between playing it safe and telling the full story. In this case, Roker was fine and hadn’t taken any great risk. But should we put reporters outside at all during severe weather? Something to think about…
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