New York Times: Oakland Photojournalists Covering Crimes Become Victims

Mar 4, 2013

Carol Pogash writes in today's New York Times that photojournalists in Oakland, CA, have faced an epidemic of camera robberies while covering spot news and crimes. Some news organizations are sending armed guards out with journalists to certain neighborhoods, while others are giving their journalists permission to not go into certain areas if they don't feel safe.

Given Oakland's crime rate and history it's not surprising to many that this has eventually become a problem, and that younger women journalists have been the targets of male thieves, but what's more surprising is the number of Bay Area television stations who have had journalists assaulted or robbed who refused to comment to the reporter for the story. Read Pogash's account in the Times online here.