Thursday, April 21, 2011
I'd like to take a minute to pay homage to one of this industry's finest photographers and a personal hero of mine. Chris Hondros, a staff photographer with Getty Images was killed in Libya, along with acclaimed photojournalist Tim Hetherington while covering the violence in Misrata. In an age when so many media outlets have cheapened themselves with massive lay-offs and relentless coverage of petty political squabbles and with entertainment creeping into our mainstream newscasts, these two journalists exemplified what is truly right about our industry. I think sometimes we forget when picking up the daily paper or watching the 6 o'clock news about war far from our shores that there are journalists risking their lives to get the story into your home. My greatest hope that could come from such a tragic event would be for us to recognize how important a free press is for democracy and to distinguish biased news from objective news. They gave their lives so we could we could form our own opinion about this conflict. I think we owe them our utmost respect and thanks. Hondros and Hetherington were journalists we should all aspire to be and I'll always remember them.