Covering an Addict’s Real Life

WUSA-TV in Washington DC tells the story of a young drug addict.

The station is with the addict when he injects drugs, suffers through a long day and night. The story seeks to open a window into the gritty life of addiction and recovery.

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Questions:

-What legal concerns should the journalist have about being present in the same place where a person is using drugs?  What would the implications be if the user had died that night?

-How did the production help or hinder the storytelling? How would the story have been different in full color? How did the music, the slow dissolves and other effects alter the story?

-Was the narration appropriate?

-Compare this story to the Pulitzer Prize Winning work of the LA Times.  In 1998, the Times documented the lives of the children of addicts.
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