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Atlanta media reacts to TV crew killed

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News directors from Atlanta’s four television stations addressed a large crowd at an Atlanta Press Club event Wednesday. They all expressed concern over the two journalists shot and killed during a live broadcast in Virginia.

“It really shook me because it could have been our friends here in Atlanta. It could have been a journalist and photographer out there on the street just doing their job here in Atlanta,” said Lauri Strauss, who is the executive director of the Atlanta Press Club.

Maria Saporta has been a journalist in the city for 35 years and worries about news crews reporting on the street with no security.

“It was terrifying,” Saporta said. “I hope it doesn’t happen, but I’m scared for the future of journalists because the next one might be random.” 

The tragic news also shook up aspiring journalist and Georgia State senior Homer De La Fuente.

“As a reporter, I’m not going to stop doing my job of reporting because of outside dangers. There’s always going to be outside dangers so of course it is something that does linger in my mind and is on my mind to be cautious about,” De La Fuente said.  

Every news director also said they are encouraging their journalists to take extra precautions in light of the tragedy.

“In a way I hope that this encourages journalists even more to keep going out and doing the story,” Strauss said.

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