The Dangerous and Disappointing Reality of Reporting in Conflict Zones Today

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July 25 2014 2:11 PM

What It's Like to Report in Conflict Zones Today

More risk, less money—but just as important.

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Slate has partnered with Brooklyn Brewery and RISC to bring its hit war correspondent interview series to our readers. In this second installment, Steve Hindy, founder of Brooklyn Brewery and a former Associated Press foreign correspondent, sits down with Scott Anderson, veteran war correspondent and author of the book, Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East.​​

In less than a generation, the boots-on-the-ground reality of reporting in conflict zones has changed dramatically. News organizations pay less and offer little in-country support. Meanwhile, the rules of war have stopped providing the basic protections to journalists that they once did. In the clip above, Anderson discusses those changes, as well as the increased savagery of war, and the harsh truth of what lies ahead for young reporters and photographers eager to get out into the field.

A.J. McCarthy is a Slate Video blogger.

Chris Wade is a producer for Slate Video and occasional contributor to Brow Beat. Follow him on Twitter.

Jika González is a freelance visual journalist from Mexico City currently based in New York.​