WHAT ARE REPORTERS?
By Nikolay Kovtun | 2 March, 2018
The definition of this word says that the reporter is a media employee (not necessarily listed as a member of the company), sent to the site of events and informing the editorial office with a report (or correspondence) «from the scene.»
As soon as there is an extraordinary event or an emergency in the world, there is a huge amount of gossip from the scene (from which it is almost impossible to understand the truth about the event) in the majority of print publications and informational Internet portals. In order to clarify, and deliver truthful information, often risking their lives, special correspondents or so-called reporters are sent to the epicenter of events.
A vivid example of such a phenomenon is an armed conflict or an emergency. On the example of the reporter of the «First Channel» — Alexei Rafaenko, I would like to show heroism of such people. Alexei, a journalist of thirty-eight years, recently returned from a long trip to Syria, where he recorded reports with Russian military men. Risking his own life, shoulder to shoulder with soldiers and officers, Alexei Rafayenko recorded what he saw in this battle. Thanks to his heroism, I was able to soberly assess and analyze the information received, which gave me a precious opportunity to be of sound mind during the current situation.
A huge number of examples of such «reporter heroism» can be identified during the Great Patriotic War, and later in military conflicts in Afghanistan and Chechnya. These people, in my opinion, are the same heroes as those who, at the cost of their own lives, have preserved the peaceful sky above our heads.