Journalists are traditionally taught to cover stories, not become a part of them. But tragically, dozens of journalists become headlines each year when they are killed in the line of duty.
The Newseum is rededicating its Journalists Memorial on Monday, adding 77 names to the glass panels that already pay tribute to 2,077 journalists who have died while working since 1837. For those who can’t make the trip to Washington, there’s another way to honor them.
Earlier Monday morning, a digital version of the memorial was launched on YouTube, displaying a collection of news and tribute videos of the journalists in several languages. The Journalists Memorial channel, a team effort by the Newseum, Google and YouTube, allows users to help build the memorial by suggesting videos.
The videos already posted to the channel are each a heart-breaking reminder of the sacrifices some journalists make while covering the news. There’s video from the funeral of Michelle Lang, the Calgary Herald reporter who was killed in Afghanistan in 2009; an Al Jazeera story covering the controversy surrounding the death of Afghan journalist Sultan Munadi; and a Reuters’ tribute to cameraman Hiro Muramoto.
The high-profile deaths of Oscar-nominated photojournalist Tim Hetherington, and Getty Images photographerChris Hondros, both of whom were fatally wounded in Libya during an attack by Moammar Gaddafi’s forces in April, as well as this month’s World Press Freedom Day serve as reminders of the price captured or killed journalists pay to bring stories to the world. Now there’s a place for the online community to pay tribute to these journalists as well..