“I would really like to see the industry cut down on the amount of one-person live footage because it can be difficult to perceive the situation, but I don’t know if it will make a difference in this case, ” he said.
Professor Tuggle, who shot the “one-man band” scene in the 1980s, said that if someone had been with Miss Yorgey, she could still have been hit by a car because it was coming from outside the scene.
Who assigned the story may have decided the water break wasn’t an important enough story to warrant sending a young female reporter alone at night, he said. The newsroom may also provide a reflective vest or ask her to stand further from the road than she thinks necessary, he said.
Representatives for WSAZ, and the company that owns the station, Gray Television Broadcasting, did not respond to a request for comment on Thursday. Ms. Yorgey, who is starting work at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh next month, also did not respond to requests for interviews.
The controversy is familiar to 31-year-old Alanna Autler, who worked as a multimedia reporter for another Charleston news station years ago. Ms. Autler said she sometimes enlists help from friends, colleagues and even strangers to feel more secure when reporting from a crime scene or disaster.
Ms Autler said managers sometimes acknowledged that she had been taken to an unsafe location, but that there was no one else around to accompany or replace her. “If you are the one leading the story, or the only story, because you are the only reporter, then you feel pressured when the whole news story fails because of you,” she said.
Once, after being asked to cover a rape on an 11 p.m. broadcast, Ms Autler told her managers she was afraid to go on her own, but they were not supportive. She asked her boyfriend’s cousin at the time to go with her on the truck to deliver the news.
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