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Journalist is hit by car live, stinging television reporters’ nerves

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Journalist is hit by car live, stinging television reporters’ nerves

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“I would really like to see the industry reduce the amount of live one-man-band type shooting because it’s hard to be aware of the situation, but I just don’t know if that would have done a difference in this case,” he said.

Professor Tuggle, who did ‘one-man band’ shots in the 1980s, said if anyone had been with Ms Yorgey she could still have been hit by the car as she had just the outside of the shot.

Whoever assigned the story could have decided that the water main break was not a big enough story to warrant sending a young reporter alone late at night, he said. The newsroom could also have provided her with a reflective jacket or told her to stand farther from the road than she thought necessary, he said.

Representatives for WSAZ and the station’s owning company, Gray Television Broadcasting, did not respond to requests for comment Thursday. Ms. Yorgey, who begins a job with WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh next month, also did not respond to interview requests.

The controversy was all too familiar to Alanna Autler, 31, who worked as a multimedia reporter for another Charleston news station years ago. Ms Autler said she sometimes asks for help from friends, co-workers and even strangers to feel safer when going to the scene of a crime or natural disaster.

Ms Autler said managers sometimes acknowledged that she was sent to a dangerous place, but there was no one else to accompany her or replace her. “If you’re the main story, or the only story, because you’re the only reporter, then you feel the pressure of the whole newscast falling because of you,” she said.

Once, after being asked to cover a rape for an 11pm show, Ms Autler told her superiors she was afraid to go it alone, but they failed to provide support. She asked her cousin’s boyfriend to ride with her in the press van.

Journalist is hit by car live, stinging television reporters’ nerves

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